Friday, April 14, 2006

PU...Unsinking Sinker Sinks Clement

What is that smell? Rotten eggs? No, it's rotten starting pitching. Matt Clement came close to duplicating David Wells' preceding night performance, giving up eight hits and seven runs AND walking four in four plus innings. My heavens, this was ugly. In fact, of his 83 pitches, only 45 were strikes. That won't work, not in the big leagues. That the Sox scored 5 runs in the last two innings only made it closer. They were meaningless runs. In fact, Wells and Clement combined? 8 innings, 14 runs and 18 hits. Pitiful.
On the bright side, if you can call it that, Julian Tavarez returned with 2 temper-free scoreless innings, Foulkie contributed two hitless scoreless innings, Papi homered once, almost twice, and Youk and Mark Loretta each contributed two hits at the top of the order. But nothing could be accomplished when you have a starting pitching performance like this one. Clements pitches had no sink, so we were sunk. Tonight is another night, with one of our 2 stoppers, Curt Schilling, ready to get us back on track. And the Yankees face some real competition in Minnesota. I say let's not worry about the Yankees. there are enough troubling things to worry about right here, in the Hub of the universe. Happy holiday weekend everyone.


At 4/14/2006 11:54 AM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

In the interesting words of Mike Piazza, on ESPN's LDS 2005 Coverage, Clement was & may still be "Effectively Erratic."

& to think I can still remember Ted Lilly as an horrific stiff with the yankees, one who gave up moon shots to Mo Vaughn & Barry Bonds.

Clement was no great shakes with the Cubs.

At 4/14/2006 3:45 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

His erraticness is considered a strength. It's when he is fat over the plate, with no dip, that he gets in trouble.


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