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Rays, Red Sox need a Gallardo-like performance

Posted on: April 7, 2011 4:59 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 6:50 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

I love stats, including the overwhelming majority of the sabermetrics. I love the concept behind using the largest sample possible and not overreacting to just a few games. It's just that there's something no number can account for, and that's the fact that human beings are playing baseball. Robots wouldn't press or make mental errors. Humans do. And when you enter a season with big expectations, starting with a string of losses really can mentally wear on a team.

So if you look specifically at the Red Sox and Rays, an 0-6 start is bad. You can talk about it being early (it is) of how much of the season is left (96.3 percent of it, in fact), but until that elusive first victory is achieved, the players who genuinely care are going to start carrying around an enormous weight on their collective chests. If you strongly disagree with that sentiment, you either A) have never played baseball; or B) believe that making millions of dollars leaves players void of human emotions. Or both.

What the Rays and Red Sox need right now is to get a dominant performance from someone. It doesn't even matter who. Whether it's a pitcher throwing a shutout or an offensive player dropping three bombs in a game, someone has to explode and it will set everyone else at ease. It could even be a big inning early in a game from the entire offense -- as jumping out to something like a 6-0 lead would do wonders for the psyche. From there, things get back to normal and they can just play ball.

Look no further than the Milwaukee Brewers. Just three days ago, the sky was falling in Milwaukee. A team many expected to win the NL Central -- or at the very least, push the Reds -- had started 0-4.

Enter Yovani Gallardo. The 25-year-old pitcher put the team on his back, throwing a two-hit shutout against a potent Braves' offense. The bullpen had already blown two wins, so he just fired a complete game. The offense hadn't been firing on all cylinders, so he just didn't allow a run. Boom, losing streak over and the entire club can relax and just play baseball.

Low and behold, the Brewers have now won three games in a row and sit at 3-4. That isn't great, but it's not horrible -- especially after starting with the Reds and Braves and being without Zack Greinke and Corey Hart. You can call it a progression to mean if you want, and it is. But someone had to step up and get the team on track. Gallardo did.

All it takes is one game to get everyone out of the funk and relax. The Red Sox and Rays just need someone to step up and pull a Gallardo. Then they can concentrate on the 95-plus percent of the season that remains.

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Comments

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2011 10:43 pm
 

Rays, Red Sox need a Gallardo-like performance

Ok, please help me with my reading compression.  Let me see if I understand.  "The Red Sox need someone to step up and pull a Gallardo." Did I get that right?   "What the Red Sox need right now is to get a dominant performance from someone."  How am I doing so far?  So, for example, let's take Josh Beckett, because "It doesn't even matter who." Let's imagine Josh Beckett throws a shutout.  Let's pretend, shall we?  "Whether it's a pitcher throwing a shutout. . .someone has to explode and it will set everyone else at ease."  So, say Josh Beckett were to have a dream game against the Red Sox arch rivals, the Yankees.  It could be any Yankees pitcher.  Let's just randomly pick the Yankees ace CC Sabathia.  Now, if Josh Beckett were to pitch 8 shutout innings, and throw a lot of strikeouts, let's just pick 10 out of the hat, and the Red Sox were to beat the Yankees 4-0, well that would be a pretty dominant performance, wouldn't it?  So in this completely hypothetical situation, if Josh Beckett would "step up and get the team on track," "it would get everyone out of the funk and they could relax."  I'm sorry for not using footnotes, please just reference the article which I am copying verbatim. If in this fantasy land, Josh Beckett could muster a game like that, the Sox would start winning again.  Did I get that right?




Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: April 11, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Rays, Red Sox need a Gallardo-like performance

@DBLG8R... playing at Tampa is just like being on the road other than sleeping in your own bed. Outside of opening day they don't even get 20,000 per game - actually it was 22K, 17K, 13K and 12K - I just looked it up.  I used to live in Tampa and attended these games.  They are sad.  Other than when the Yankees or Red Sox are in town, that place could hold meetings for the federal witness protection program and never have to worry about anyone's identity leaking out!



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:03 am
 

Rays, Red Sox need a Gallardo-like performance

@ LoneGunMan

First off futurefate was right, you are a douche

Second, The point of the article is this -The Red Sox are OK, they need one player to step, just as Gallardo did, and this frustrating start of the season will be over.

I know you struggle with reading comprehension, so when this author wrote a decent article, I understand it went over your head. He wasn't giving advice to anyone, specifcally not Francona or Maddon, he was simply making observations concerning different baseball teams. AKA Doing his job.



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:01 am
 

Rays, Red Sox need a Gallardo-like performance

What scares me about the Rays is that this six-game losing streak happened all at home.  Red Sox haven't played a single game in Fenway yet.  Now the Rays, who couldn't find a way to score more than 8 runs in a six-game homestand, have to take this show on the road.  Ugh.




Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:45 am
 

Rays, Red Sox need a Gallardo-like performance

@Future-Fate.  Oh! Now I understand!  So because they are 0-6 they have to have a "Star" step up and put up a "starlike" performance?  If the #9 batter hits a homerun or the #5 starter pitches a shutout it wouldn't count?  That's utterly ridiculous.  This isn't little league.  The coaches and players know what they need to do and know how to do it because they've done it before.  They don't need to reinvent the wheel to "turn things around".



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 9:26 am
 

Rays, Red Sox need a Gallardo-like performance

Speaking as an unbiased observer since I live in Wisconsin, to me the Rays and the Red Sox represent two entirely different situations.  The Red Sox eventually will hit - sooner rather then later.  The players on their team like Crawford, Pedroia, Youkilis and Gonzalez have extensive track records of solid performance.  Sooner or later the cream will raise to the top and everything will jell.  The Rays on the other hand are in a much more serious position.  Without Longoria and with a suddenly very old Manny Ramirez, their lineup just isn't very good.  Check the team they threw out there yesterday.  In fact, it's pretty bad.  BJ Upton might one day fulfill his potential, but I wouldn't count on it over the course of a full season.  Ben Zobrist is just an average hitter without Longoria protecting him.  That is a bad hitting team right now and until Longoria gets back, how is it going to get any better?


The Red Sox fans will more then likely have their playoff spot in October.  However, the Rays fans are looking at a 75 win team at best.


Just my .02



Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: April 8, 2011 8:48 am
 

Rays, Red Sox need a Gallardo-like performance

My guess is that the first comment came from a Red Sox fan out on the window ledge of a 28 story building.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 2:33 am
 

Rays, Red Sox need a Gallardo-like performance

TheLoneGunMan,
The author of the article simply pointed out that when a team is struggling that one of their stars needs to step up and put up a starlike performance like Gallardo did for the Brewers. The article mentions nothing of run scoring or anything. Good job being a complete douchebag.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 2:14 am
 

Rays, Red Sox need a Gallardo-like performance

You don't feel 0-6 in the majors. Now, growing up, you feel 0-6 in baseball...because you play so few games. If the Rays start 0-6, they have 156 games to play. If the 12-year old Rays start 0-6, the season is half over.



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: April 7, 2011 10:08 pm
 

Rays, Red Sox need a Gallardo-like performance

Gallardo is quietly one of the top ten pitchers in baseball (and will still most likely be the #2 starter once Grienke gets back).  Oh yeah, and he's only 25 years old.  Not a bad problem to have that is for sure.

@Brew326... you got that right too - he scored their only run.   The kid also batted over .250 last year with an OPS of .837 and hit 4 dingers.

The best kept secret in baseball.


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