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Game 144: September 13, 2005
Red Sox (84-60), 3
Blue Jays (72-72), 9
L: Matt Clement (13-5)
W: Scott Downs (3-3)
H: Justin Speier (7)

2.5 games ahead in the division
1 game losing streak

That was a bad game.

When your opponents’ 9-hole hitter gets a key home run in the 2nd inning against the pitcher that has been the team ace in function if not in name, you know things won’t be going your way. It was as if Gabe Gross took out all his childhood trauma caused by his surname on the 0-1 pitch Clement laid out for the right fielder. Grody, dude. Gag me with a runcible spoon.

Let’s not talk about it too much, okay? All right, great. Moving on.

Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy tried to be more entertaining than usual since the game was not. Remy talked about how players don’t want their individual records broken. He said that those ceremonies public relations departments create when someone’s record is about to be broken aren’t appreciated by the record holder, calling them “a bunch of baloney.” The player whose record is being broken usually fake smiles throughout the pomp and circumstance, he claimed. This led to discussion of Remy’s 4 steals in a game Red Sox franchise record.

Orsillo: You still have great speed today.
Remy: Getting out of the ballpark.

Looking up Remy’s record, I found these other notable records held by Red Sox players:

  • Most hits in succession: Mike Higgins, 12 in four games in 1938
  • Most 2-base hits, career: Tris Speaker, 792 from 1907 to 1915
  • Most 2-base hits, season: Earl Webb, 67 in 1931
  • Most 2-base hits, season by a rookie: Fred Lynn, 47 in 1975
  • Most bases on balls, game: Jimmie Foxx, 6 in 1938

The Red Sox aren’t getting what they paid for from Edgar Renteria. Interesting to note that Derek Jeter and Renteria together make just a few million more than the rest of the list of shortstops below combined. Although his errors are galling, I would prefer to have Renteria’s production in the lineup, even in light of his cohorts’ higher fielding percentages and range factors. We all know what a dubious statistic range factor is, however.

Jeter’s range factor has been improving since 2004. In 2003 it was a career-low 3.75 and the next year it rocketed to 4.46. It’s a huge benefit to have the best shortstop in the American League playing to your right, it seems. Eckstein’s range factor was 3.83 last year with Anaheim; he definitely seems to have benefited by having perennial All-Star Scott Rolen next to him for part of the season. Perhaps part of Renteria’s problem is adjusting to his new infielders?

2005 to date G AB AVG OPB SLG E RF FLD% $
Cabrera 122 467 257 310 362 5 4.25 990 6M
Eckstein 142 569 288 358 390 13 5.01 981 2.3M
Jeter 140 576 307 386 444 13 4.77 980 19.6M
Lugo 142 557 296 360 397 19 4.89 972 3.25M
Peralta 124 437 284 352 513 17 4.59 970 317K
Renteria 137 560 279 336 384 27 4.31 954 8M
144 578 310 356 538 19 4.76 972 10.78M
M. Young
142 601 329 384 516 18 4.32 970 2.575M


Thank you for knowing what a runcible spoon is and for using it in a sentence!

Rent will be better next season. I know he will...this is just an aberration.

But just saying, with errors, its' really a grab bag. I remember Cabrera had like 29 errors in 2003 when he was with Montreal but then the next year had liek 10. It's really just give or take and luck.

Remember when they justified the field makeover in the off-season by saying it would make truer hops in the infield? Wow, imagine how many errors Rent would have by now on the old infield.
Seriously, I think Edger is trying simply trying too hard to impress his new bosses, teammates, fans, etc. Of course, throwing the ball to that old chicken-fingered crapshoot known as Kevin Millar isn't helping either.

"Runcible spoon" sounds so much better than "spork."

I would love to find out what differences, if any, the new infield has made. The only player still around from last year who could comment intelligently on the matter would be Bill Mueller. One could ask Kevin Millar as well. He'd probably try and pawn off a t-shirt or slogan on you at the same time.

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