No lead is safe

June 4, 2008 · Posted in Uncategorized 

Ugh! Javier Lopez is not a major league pitcher. Stats be damned (20 1/3 IP, 20 H, 3.10 ERA). How can you justify releasing Julian Tavarez to keep your “lefty specialist.” Lefties are hitting .211 against him, but they hit .250 last year. There are bigger problems than no Papi in Beantown, and I remain unconvinced that this team can contend with a guy like Lopez pitching any meaningful innings.

On the upside, Justin Masterson looked fantastic last night. Sure Buchholz and Lester already have no-hitters on their resumes, but for my money Masterson may just be better than both (surely better than Lester). He pounds the strike zone down with a good slider and fastball. Location of the changeup is still a work in progress though.

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