Sunday, December 8, 2013
Two 36-year-olds took the mound Sunday. Ryan Dempster (4-6, 4.40) put in a quality start for Boston (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K), in Boston's 10-5 win over the Angels. Signed to a two-year deal, at $13.25-million per, Dempster is doing OK for the Red Sox.
Bronson Arroyo (3.35 ERA) had a non-decision in the Red's loss to St. Louis (6 IP, 6H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K). He's making $11.5-million in the last year of his contract.
Just wondering if the Red Sox kept Arroyo, who was traded to the Reds on March 20, 2006, for Wily Mo Pena - in Boston's desperate and unsuccessful attempt to add more power to the lineup.
We would probably be saying Arroyo is "doing OK." His lifetime numbers: 130-120, 3.20 ERA. But there was value to Arroyo. He was a durable part of the 2004 World Champion rotation. In his last season in Boston, in 2005, Arroyo was 14-10, making 35 starts and pitching 205 innings.
Since then, Arroyo has not made fewer than 32 starts in a season, nor pitched less than 199 innings.
As mentioned, the Red Sox won. They continue to have the best record in the American League, but it is hard to break away in the AL East.
Red Sox 39-29
Yankees 37-26 (1.5 games back)
Orioles 35-28 (3.5)
Rays 34-28 (4)
Jays 27-35 (11)
More evidence of Boston's depth: at this point in the season, did you figure Jose Iglesias would be batting .446, Daniel Nava .299 (with a .395 on-base percentage), and Mike Carp .318 (with six home runs)?
John Lackey (3-5, 2.79) pitches in St. Petersburg tonight against the Rays and Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.34).
In the minors, Brandon Workman made his Triple-A debut after his promotion from Portland. He was not his efficient self (98 pitches/59 strikes), but he got the win: 5 2/3 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K.
Bryce Brentz (.376) had three hits for Pawtucket, including his 11th home run ... Will Middlebrooks (.294) went 1-for-5.
Keith Couch replaced Workman in Portland's rotation. He was a starter before this season and sent to the bullpen at the beginning of this year. He also won, going five innings: 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K ... Chris Balcom-Miller (2.35 ERA) and Brock Huntzinger (2.51) pitched scoreless relief.
The X-Man, Xander Bogaerts, went 2-for-3 for Portland, with his sixth triple and a walk. His numbers: .308 average, .403 OBP, .507 slugging ... Michael Almanzar also went 2-for-3 (.287, .347, .511).
The Sea Dogs fly back from Akron today and start a home stand at Hadlock Tuesday with a 6 pm. doubleheader.Tweet
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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