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Game 15: Orioles @ Red Sox 4/18/2014

Game 15: Orioles @ Red Sox 4/18/2014

PostPost #1 by ofahn » April 18th, 2014, 11:00 am

BAL: Tillman (1-1, 0.84)
BOS: Lackey (2-1, 3.86)
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Re: Game 15: Orioles @ Red Sox 4/18/2014

PostPost #2 by osforlife » April 19th, 2014, 10:18 am

I'm glad the Orioles hit Lackey. He has historically pitched well against Baltimore. Lackey was once a #2/#3 pitcher, but I don't think he is anymore. In 2013, he had one of the best seasons of his career, coming off Tommy John Surgery, in Fenway Park, in the American League East, at age 34. In his career, Lackey's 2013 season sported his 3rd best ERA, best WHIP, 2nd best H/9, best BB/9, and 3rd best K/9. It seems like to me he is in for some major regression. The Redsox as a whole will regress IMO. According to baseball-reference, Ellsbury, Saltalamaccia, and Drew were worth a combined 11.7 WAR. Look for Nava's 2.8 WAR to come down too.

Anyway, Tillman fought threw five innings. Boston has an effective lineup when it comes to driving the pitch count up. Tillman's pretty good, but he's not sub 1.00 ERA good. He'll have starts like this; his ERA has to balance out at some point. I'm glad he was able to limit the damage.

Also, I would like to say that the Steve Lombardozzi for Alex Gonzalez swap is looking pretty good right now.

Lombo; .308/.321/.346 and three additional years of control
Gonzo; .167/.219/.233 in his contract year
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Re: Game 15: Orioles @ Red Sox 4/18/2014

PostPost #3 by ofahn » April 19th, 2014, 10:38 am

As I was watching the game I thought I was experiencing deja vu. On Opening Day Tillman was tap dancing in a mine field against Boston. Last night Boston, tap dancing, mine field. At least he won.
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