Don’t look now but Chris Young’s current season has moved up to 19th all time in single season "Adjusted ERA." He falls right below 05′ Clemens, 97′ Pedro, and 31′ Lefty Grove. He is clearly separating himself from Jake Peavy right now. As Buster Olney pointed out, he has won 5 straight decisions. The last time he has given up more than three earned runs in a start was April 26th against the Diamondbacks.
Another case of timely hitting just not being there for the Red Sox last night. They scored two runs off of Javier Vazquez. Now I understand that he is pitching well lately. But the Red Sox had eleven hits. They could, and should have managed more than two runs. The problem with the eleven hits is that they were all singles. Not one extra base hit in the game. Manny crushed one into the triangle that was caught. But outside of that, there was not much power. Some hard hit balls that resulted in line drive outs, and base hits.
As for Dice-K. Well he looked very good between innings 1 and 6. In the first he gave up a run, then coasted on poorly hit balls and strikeouts, only to fall apart in the sixth inning. He ended up walking six batters. Ridiculous! I still believe he is good, but he cannot put up Zambrano like figures in the bases on balls catergory.
Beckett vs. Contreras tonight. This better be a win. Beckett is our "true" stopper. He is our ace this season. If they lose this game, then make a trade to shake up the clubhouse.
Am I worried? More so than I was. But I believe this team is good, I really do. And I believe the clutch hitting will come around again. But the offense is struggling so much as of now, very frustrating stuff.
The Tigers have the potential to create a dynasty if they make the right moves. They have so much pitching talent, and if they do not trade them away and sign a few free agent bats within the next couple offseasons, the AL could be in for a tough time.