15 January 2010
WEEI Full Count - If you thought Mike Lowell was destined to play elsehwere in 2010, you forgot to tell Terry Francona. Someone also forgot to tell him that Lowell is 35 (at least for another month)... not 37.
The Red Sox are going to have a tough time showcasing Lowell in Spring Training with Adrian Beltre and Marco Scutaro learning to play with each other. And with Vladimir Guerrero as the new DH in Texas, there aren't many open spots left for Lowell. It looks like Tito is prepared to keep Lowell in Boston and find ways to use his bat if nothing else.
I still think a Lowell/Ortiz DH platoon would be very effective, but both guys are playing for one more contract after this season... will they be willing to share playing time?
WEEI Full Count - Jeremy Hermida says he's "excited to play real baseball" now that he is a member of the Red Sox.
Some one should tell Josh Johnson that he just signed a 4-year, $39 million deal to play fake baseball...
One If By Land - Pitching Coach John Farrell says Jonatahn Papelbon tweaked his mechanics in the second half of 2009 to get a little more zip back on his fastball and that he will stick with this routine in 2010. The adjustment was small, but Paps saw a big improvement in his numbers:
April 7-July 28: 2.09 ERA, 1.372 WHIP, .670 OPS against
July 29-Oct. 4: 1.44 ERA, 0.920 WHIP, .466 OPS against
Surviving Grady - Denton wants to know how Fenway Park is not ranked higher than 10th on Stadium Journey;s list of best ballparks... me too.
New England Baseball Journal - Do you know why Dustin Pedroia wears the number 15? Who his favorite actor is? What's on his ipod?
Also... there's this quote: "It’s 11¼ inches."
Click the link to read more... and get your mind out of the gutter!
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