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Technically, whiny YF, nothing was overturned. Blake was declared as having been hit by the pitch, and the HP umpire checked with the 1B ump to see if he went around. Standard procedure any time the home plate umpire needs help on a check swing call. 1B ump said he swung. So by rule, Blake was both hit by the pitch and struck out.
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Oh...and I should note about Crisp...I realize it's a very small sample and all that. But that's pretty much the line I expected him to bounce back to before the season started, and what I still think he's capable of if you look at what he did in Cleveland (OBP will probably be 30-40 points lower, though, I don't think he's suddenly improved his discipline that much). What has me a little optimistic about this current hotstreak is that it's not just an improved batting average...he's hitting the ball harder. More liners, fewer weak grounders to second.
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...actually, Crisp can't catch up with an above-average fastball. Or at least he couldn't earlier in the season. There's absolutely no reason to address CF right now; he's playing GG defense and has actually picked it up considerably over his last 11 games, going 12 for his last 40 with 3 2B, 1 HR, 6 BB, and 2 SB. That's a .300/.391/.450 line, which is pretty solid. Who knows if he'll keep it up, but he's definitely making better contact lately. And besides...Ellsbury could be ready to step in next spring. No point in trading for help now. Wouldn't mind dealing Pineiro and/or adding another reliever--the WMP for Linebrink (a FA) proposed on mlbtraderumors intrigues me. I like Pena, but Murphy or Moss would be better 4th OF's as I'm not convinced Wily Mo can handle irregular playing time. Not a huge deal, though, and I don't think there will be much available this season that Boston actually needs. I really like this team as presently constituted.
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Uhh, he looked safe to me. I thought the replay showed him with his hand in under Cano's legs when the tag came down. In any case, you want someone to blame, how about Cano for booting the DP ball right before the stolen base attempt? (Tough play, I know...but not that tough, it was in his glove before it bounced out) Or most of the team for not hitting after all those walks?
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I'd also point out Manny Delcarmen's ridiculous strikeout numbers in AAA this season...he's got 28 in 19.2 innings, to go along with 8 walks. Still walking too many for my liking, but the K/BB is very strong. His problem has been inconsistancy and a high hit-rate, though he's allowed just one homer. If he's not getting hit particularly hard, part of his struggles could well be a matter of bad luck in a small sample size.
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You don't dive for iffy flyballs with a 6-run lead. It's not about hustle, it's about strategy; Hinske dove for that ball against Detroit because there was nothing to lose and everything to gain. He catches it, fantastic. He misses it, the run scores and the runner takes second or third, just like he would if it dropped in. Different situation. I'd also go a little easy on Donnelly, whose performance was bad but really, not THAT bad. Saltamacchia worked a 10 or 11 pitch walk, fouling off some good pitches; that's fricken tough. He's a damn good young lefty, and you can't just groove a fastball. The run-scoring single was a jam-shot flare similar to the two Papelbon gave up; also not Donnelly's fault. He wasn't sharp, but he wasn't awful, either.
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