Monday, June 19, 2006

Don't get too excited

It's nice that they swept the Braves, no matter how hard they had to work at it in the end. They should beat them, and beat them handily. But when all is said and done, you need to take a look at the teams who they are 'really' competing against.

A win against the Yankees, Rangers, Phillies, or Blue Jays means more than a win against the Braves because they are the teams (the Red Sox have played) who are currently over 500.

And right now, the Red Sox are only 15-17 against them. They are 24-8 against teams under 500.

Which means they are better than the (current) bottom dwellers, but middle of the road when it comes to those who are leading the pack. And that just isn't good enough to make me feel comfortable.

BTW, in case you don't recognize him on the mound tonight, Kyle Snyder will be your starting pitcher. He was waived by the KC Royals (yes, that's right, the Royals didn't want him any more) and picked up by the Red Sox in what can only be described as a move of desparation to cover for the ailing Matt Clements. He may even start twice for the Red Sox, given their schedule.

Kyle's numbers:


I suppose I shouldn't be that critical, however. Snyder was a first-round draft choice in 1999 and has worked with Al Nipper before. He did have shoulder surgery last year and hasn't quite recovered since, however. He was 1-3 in 13 games (three starts) for the Royals in 2005. He also was 2-3 with a 3.55 ERA for Triple-A Omaha.

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