June 6, 2011

Buchholz Given Extra Rest, Scutaro Set To Return

Clay Buchholz, who was scheduled to face the Yankees on Wednesday, will be given some extra rest and open a weekend series in Toronto on Friday. Buchholz had been bothered by a sore lower back for most of the season and recently it has been difficult for him to fully extend himself when releasing the ball.

Starters for this week's series in the Bronx:
Tuesday: Jon Lester / Freddy Garcia
Wednesday: Tim Wakefield / A.J. Burnett
Thursday: Josh Beckett / CC Sabathia
David Ortiz was named the American League Player of the Week after he went 12-for-22 (.545/.583/1.000) with four doubles, two homers, six RBI, and five runs scored. In the last four weeks, three Boston players - Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, and Carl Crawford - have been named AL PotW.

Also: Ortiz is destroying lefties so far this season: .355/.444/.597/1.041, in 72 PA. It is a remarkable resurgence over his performance vs LHP in both 2009 (.212/.298/.418/.716) and 2010 (.222/.275/.324/.559).
I'm trying to go to the plate with an idea. It's making sense right now. ... Lefties, you have to wait for the ball to get to you with pretty much all of them. I'm a pull hitter and pulling everything against lefties wasn't working for me. We'll see. Got a long way to go still.
On The Shuttle: Josh Reddick was sent back to Pawtucket when John Lackey returned from the disabled list. Marco Scutaro (strained left oblique) went 5-for-11 in a three-game weekend rehab stint with Pawtucket, and will likely rejoin the team in New York, with Scott Atchison heading down. Darnell McDonald is also rehabbing with the PawSox (8-for-16 in his last five games) and is eligible to return on Friday.

Kevin Millwood (6.2-5-1-0-4, 62) pitched well for Pawtucket in an 11-3 win this afternoon.

Jayson Stark, ESPN:
Until Tim Wakefield (195-173 lifetime) wins five more games, we'll find ourselves in a unique time in baseball history - because the active leader in wins has yet to win his 200th game. So when was the last time that happened? Believe it or not, loyal reader Eric Lee reports, it was 1879. And there was a better excuse back then - since it was Season No. 4 in the life of some newfangled invention called "the major leagues."


Benjamin said...

Believe it or not, loyal reader Eric Lee reports, it was 1879.

Actually at least 1880: Tommy Bond (the leader in 1879) didn't pick up his 200th win until sometime in 1880.

It might also have been 1968 when Don Drysdale picked up his 200th win (finished the year as the active leader with 204). Someone would have to check what the other elder pitchers were up to in 1968.

What ESPN means is that 1879 was the last full year without an active player with 200 wins. But if Wakefield gets his 200th this year, that statement won't be true this year either.

FenFan said...

Would love to see Wake set the franchise mark for wins. Does he have 12 more wins somewhere in him? The question really is whether the Sox will retain him after this season if he doesn't get there in 2011.

Odd to think that no active player has won more games than Wake. Great stat!

Zenslinger said...

Tim Lincecum got his 1,000th strikeout last night, the eighth all-time to hit that milestone in only his fifth season. The top person on the list had 1,155, so Timmy needs only 156 more K's this year to have the highest total through five seasons ever. Very achievable if he stays healthy.