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Casey Has Not Struck Out

Don Orsillo observed in this game or perhaps during a game in the previous series in St. Petersburg that Casey Kotchman seems to have been around forever. The first baseman was drafted with high expectations in the first round of the 2001 draft. But in the majors Kotchman has struggled to live up to the hype and was merely pedestrian until this season. When he was on the Red Sox in 2009 he was a mediocre .218 batting average, .284 on-base percentage, and .287 slugging in 87 at bats. Like Carlos Pena before him, a stopgap at first base foundered in Boston but bloomed in Tampa Bay. Matthew Pouliot’s series on redoing the 2001 draft had Kotchman dropping from his actual slot at 13 to the 29th pick after all-stars such as Dan Haren (redo at 2nd, actual 72nd), Ryan Howard (4th, 140th), and Kevin Youkilis (6th, 243rd) A number one pick in his draft, Drew Bledsoe, visited the booth. The first pick of the 1993 draft was in town to be enshrined in the Patriots Hall of Fame. Jeff Howe evaluated Bledsoe in light of quarterbacks of his era and made a compelling case for his inclusion in the...

Afternoon Boon

Mariners manager Daren Brown decided to give third baseman Matt Tuiasosopo a break for the day game, thus giving Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy a brief reprieve from saying that name. I listened to part of the WEEI broadcast from the series opener to check that at least one Red Sox broadcasting team could say the name right, and to my delight Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien were spot on in their pronunciation. Hitters must be like musicians, not getting into the groove of things until late in the day. Josh Beckett and David Pauley exchanged zeroes until the middle of the sixth; the Red Sox had only three baserunners over those frames and the Mariners just two. Adrian Beltre broke the scoreless tie and nearly shattered David Pauley’s ankle in the process. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the sixth, Beltre’s comebacker ricocheted off the former Red Sox starter and arced above the infield before dropping along the third base line. The trajectory was high enough to plate Marco Scutaro. Mike Lowell followed with a sacrifice fly to right and Daniel Nava doubled his team’s score by muscling a two-RBI single to shallow right....

Cataclysm

Game 107: August 6, 2009 Red Sox6L: John Smoltz (2-5)62-45, 3 game losing streak Yankees13W: Joba Chamberlain (8-2)66-42, 4 game winning streak Highlights: The Red Sox designated two players players for assignment today: Smoltz and Billy Traber. That was the first and last time you will ever see those two players together in the same sentence as DFA. Smoltz was the scapegoat, Traber the sacrificial lamb, and Mark Melancon the jackass in the Bronx Zoo last night. As bad as Boston’s pitching was, their offense was equally lax in failing to score more than six runs after having 12 walks handed to them. That’s one dozen extra outs, four extra innings of opportunities squandered.Dustin Pedroia knocked in his eighth homer of the season in the third inning. His opposite field poke just barely cleared the right field fence. Casey Kotchman arced the ball into the same area in the fourth with Mike Lowell on base. Lowell had reached on an infield single to Derek Jeter, who got to the ball in about the same area as Jed Lowrie did in his incredibly play against the Rays.Besides home runs, Pedroia and Kotchman also share another commonality: premature male pattern balding.Pedroia was...

Traders

Game 102: July 31, 2009 Red Sox6W: John Smoltz (2-4)H: Ramon Ramirez (10)H: Hideki Okajima (20)S: Jonathan Papelbon (27)60-42, 2 game winning streak Orioles5L: Jeremy Guthrie (7-10)44-58, 1 game losing streak Highlights: Smoltz muddled through six innings on the mound with a line of 8 hits, 5 earned runs, no walks, 2 strikeouts, and 2 homers. The grizzled pitcher carried that look that lingers on the visages of aging athletes, a look of befuddlement when the mind is willing but the body is no longer able. David Ortiz made his first road appearance since the allegations of the positive test from 2003 were revealed. Despite being 404 miles away from Fenway, for the most part cheers for him drowned out the jeers, which I don’t think happens to Alex Rodriguez in his travels. Ortiz’s two-run home run in the third sailed over the right field fences into a sea of Red Sox shirts.The Orioles quickly replied in the bottom of the same canto. Nick Green aided the opposition with an errant throw of Brian Roberts’s batted ball that allowed Matt Wieters to put his team on the board; the Red Sox middle infielder has a gun but needs some work...


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