I wanted to cry about Lillibridge, of course. Like that kid sure did. Because I didn’t always love him, and I always wanted to hate him, but I totally wrote a blog about him at the beginning of the season.
Anyway, sorry there’s no full video available anymore. Nobody needs that dad to talk about it. That kid has it right. We’re all upset to lose Lilbitch for Youkilis.
My first instinct was to prove Kenny Williams wrong with math. First thing this morning I opened all the tabs I would begin to need and started writing down the Sox’s remaining schedule. And. That’s as far as I got.
Not really. I browsed his stats. I checked out how he did at division parks. Turns out he’s also not bad against the Yankees (.320 avg. ’09-’11) even at the new Yankee Stadium (.271, same) and we’ll be there 4 of our 7 remaining games against them.
I know, NYY ain’t our division. I just. Noticed that because we’ve got a lot to go with them.
So back to the division, Youk’s got a ways to go on those guys. We’ve got 8 more games at Target Field, and unless he can keep hitting like tonight (I mean I guess. .250 with a hit in the 8th and Paulie told him to fuck off second instead), it’s not going to be great. So far he’s hitting .250 off the Twins this season and that’s higher than his ’09-’11 average there.
Thing is, he’s decent against the Twins. Just. Back in Boston he was. .271. But other than this exact season, he’s not been any good at the Cell except an impressive 2007 turn of .375 in 16 ABs. So when we’ve got 10 games left against Detroit with 6 of them there, it doesn’t sate me to know he bats a…better .226 at Comerica.
He bats .213 against KC and .160 at Kauffman on that 3-year average and he hasn’t even seen them yet in 2012. 9 of 12 face the Royals where they’re forced to call home. (I hear it’s a very nice park, akshuly. If anyone wants to buy me tickets to a game and plane tickets and pay for a nice hotel and rental car I’d be glad to verify that rumor.)
His stuff against Cleveland’s no better (.200; .135 @ Progressive) and he hasn’t seen them yet either. I’m willing to downplay this season’s numbers (except for at the Cell please God that gave us Hawk Harrelson let him keep hitting at his new home) because apparently he had…managerial issues that I’m hoping he won’t have with Ventura.
But still. We’ll get four freebies out of him as our remaining 4 games against his old team are at Fenway. And he should put on a good show against the rest of them: Texas (6), Toronto (7), LAA (6), As (3), Os (4), Seattle (3), and the Rays (4). And since 70% of our remaining games look solid for him, I’m generally okay with it.
But what I saw tonight was incredibly interesting for probably the best reasons, even though I still wanted to cry about Lillibridge.
I noticed immediately that Alexei and Gordon were batting 8th & 9th, respectively.
I’m not saying they shouldn’t. I know Ramierz is heating up, as he is wont to do; and I know that Beckham’s quick and smart on the paths. But with Orlando Hudson out of the everyday, those guys get to bat last.
Upset or no, I have to be impressed with something I doubted I’d ever see: the guys we pay to hit hitting. I know they took the loss tonight, and I’m sure Peavy wasn’t happy about it (he got his quality start and was never on hook for a win), but if we’re batting by paycheck, things are pretty well in line.
Dollar for dollar, we’re getting what we pay for (which is almost at ’05 WS-levels, jussayin) by absolutely exploiting DeAza and letting our money boys take up the meat–and there’s no question we’re getting our money’s worth with Youkilis. You could push back cheap DeAza or [much more expensive] Viciedo and make Ramirez earn his keep, or you can just let it ride and be satisfied that Alexei more than fields his worth.
And I completely understand that Youkilis might fill some more seats, which Kenny keeps saying is so important, but I didn’t understand the shape of this move until I saw the lineup listed.
Now what do we do about the rotation…