Timlin has now pitched in 63 games. Mike Myers has pitched in 50. I'm starting to worry that these two arms are going to get worn out before the playoffs even begin. So, what can the Sox do about it? It's looking like no relief is in sight when it comes to around the league. Too many teams are still in contention and not many players cleared waivers.
That leaves the minor leaguers. Players like Jeremi Gonzalez, Jonatahn Papelbon, and Lenny DiNardo. Maybe (hopefully) they won't be relied on in the playoffs, but if the Sox want to have any chance of a playoff run, they need to get in there and give Myers and Timlin a break, and now!
And so far, they're doing alright. Dinardo doesn't have much of a track record in the "bigs", but his minor league record is pretty clean. Gonzalez has looked impressive so far (you have to expect some bad nights from these guys). In his past 6 games (11.2 innings), Gonzalez hasn't let in a run, with only 3 hits. Now 3 of the opponents were DET, DET, and KC, but still. And then, of course, there's Jon Papelbon (or "Big Pap" :-)) He has 16 IP, with a 2.25 ERA and 15 K's against MIN, DET, and ANA. Not bad for a rookie.
Unfortunately, with Foulke still out, Timlin is only going to get more pressure, not less as he takes up the closing role. He's been the most reliable pitcher in the bullpen this year (which, unfortunately, isn't saying much) and he deserves the chance to take the closing role. But the most games Timlin has pitched in the majors in one year is 76, and that was last year. If we keep using him, he's going to break down, and the Sox just can't afford that.
On a personal note, Excercise Day 4 went well! I'm keeping it up, even improving my pace on the treadmill! Although I did forget my passkey this morning! I knew it was only a matter of time.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Posted by Michael Doherty at 8:58 AM