Posted by: BangorBound on Fri May 23rd, 2008 8:53 am
I don't really know if you could put Buchholz in the bullpen though...Hasn't he been a starter from the get-go, with very little bullpen experience? Just doesn't seem like it would work.Colon won't go to the pen.And then there is Wake...He's not getting any younger, and a switch to the bullpen would allow us to keep Colon in the rotation and slowly ease Wake out....I like him as much as the next Sox fan, but he's getting up there age-wise and the Sox are becoming younger and younger. At this point I feel it's just a matter of time before he gets moved out of the rotation and into the bullpen to make way for a young arm.Which makes me wonder about Schilling...The Sox really have no need for him in the rotation, and his health troubles are reason enough to keep him out. So when he comes back should he work out of the bullpen/spot start for the Sox? I think so.Now, how does having Wakefield and Schilling working out of the bullpen with Okajima and Papelbon sound? Wake and Schill could also spot-start as needed, and it would add great depth to the pen...Which people always seem to criticize the Sox for.Thoughts...Just my opinions, remember.
Posted by: billzfan34 on Fri May 23rd, 2008 3:35 pm
Umm..the Patsies would be a resounding NO!!
Posted by: billzfan34 on Sat May 24th, 2008 8:42 am
I think Wake just answered a lot of the questions,last night. He has shown to be an effective reliever in the past and may fit in nicely as long relief and as a bridge to Pap when Okey needs a rest.
Posted by: SportsMaineac on Sat May 24th, 2008 11:25 am
IMHO, it's hard to judge a knuckleballer like Wake's performance. Obviously, he's had a couple tough outings, but it's been like that since he's been with the Sox (and Pirates before that). He's just as liable to come out for the next couple games and be nearly unhittable. So much of the knuckleball's performance is out of the pitcher's control; even he doesn't know where it's going. It's also at the whim of wind, weather, etc. He's in great shape, and knuckleballers tend to last a long time (look at the Niekros). I think the Sox have known for some time that going in to any of his starts that they better score some runs.Bartolo Calzone looked pretty good the other night, but he hasn't proved to be anywhere near as durable as Wakefield. Wake may well be moved to the 'pen, but I would like to see more than one good start out of Bartolo before they move anyone.My $.02
Posted by: billzfan34 on Sat May 24th, 2008 1:59 pm
Maybe I am misreading your meaning of durable,but what good is Wake going 8 innings and letting up 8-9 runs?,when Colon may go 6-7 innings and let up 4-5 runs? I would rather have to score 5-6 runs for a win(high % for the Sox) as opposed to having to score 9-10 runs(low %).
Posted by: SportsMaineac on Sat May 24th, 2008 9:38 pm
My meaning is simply that he has been around for a long time, and eats up a lot of innings. He doesn't always give up 8 or 9 runs (although I admit it seems that way sometimes). I'm not saying he's the guy I'd necessarily want to run out there for a big game, but he's been able to stick in the majors for quite a few years now, which is more than can be said for Colon who had to start the season in AAA. Perhaps the word "dependable" is more accurate....
Posted by: billzfan34 on Tue May 27th, 2008 10:43 am
Another "Hey!,don't forget about me" moment by Colon vs. my Mariners.Granted, his starts haven't been against powerhouse teams,but he is still being very effective.I say it's his spot in the rotation to lose, with Wake or Buch heading to the pen(as of right now,you can flip a coin on that call).
Posted by: BangorBound on Tue May 27th, 2008 11:16 am
I'd still rather keep the young guy in the rotation and move Wake to the pen...Buch, Masterson, etc. aren't going to want to wait forever to become regular starters. Shipping Buch to the bullpen right now would be more of a backwards step than a forwards.
Posted by: stonemitt on Tue May 27th, 2008 3:26 pm
What's his W-L and era since his no-no