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Melky's Kansas City Knockout

August 12th vs. the Kansas City Royals

Sox Office Smash Hit:
Batman Returns
Melky Cabrera has a dangerous bat, man.

Short Take:James Shields starts another game that ends in a loss, as Melky Cabrera hits a 2-run homer to give the Royals a 5-4 win.

Melky Cabrera isn't here anymore, but James Shields still is. Consider this: Cabrera went to Kansas City a couple weeks ago in exchange for a pair of A-ball pitchers and half of Cabrera's $5.1 million salary. Shields came here last year when the Sox agreed to give up a middling starter, a hard-hitting A-ball shortstop, and about $20 million toward the balance of Shields's contract.

Tonight it was Cabrera with a game-winning two-run homer in the eighth to beat the Sox 5-4. Also tonight it was Shields starting for the Sox, giving up three runs in six innings on 105 pitches. The math is straightforward:

  • Cabrera's remaining cost to the Royals: $2.5 million
  • Shields's remaining cost to the Sox: $20 million
  • 2,500,000 - 20,000,000 = -17,500,00
  • Multiplied by the Shields Uselessness Correction (SUC) factor of 3.6 yields:
  • $-17.5M x 3.6 = -63 million

Okay, I made up the value of his SUC factor tonight, but it's a fair approximation. Some nights his SUC factor is even higher. But since Shields has replaced Tyler Flowers as my lightning rod of choice when the Sox look bad, I feel free to set its value. The negative 63,000,000 has no meaning beyond an expression of frustration. If the sabermetricians don't have a way to calculate that, then I've got one they can use.

I hope the pitchers the Sox got for Cabrera prove to be more than just guys to play catch in Kannapolis, because the Sox are already paying a guy many millions of dollars to do that now in Chicago.

It's a shame, too, because Jose Abreu hit two solo homers and Leury Garcia hit a two-RBI single in the seventh that temporarily gave the Sox the lead. But four runs don't outweigh marginal pitching and boneheaded baserunning, both of which were on prominent display tonight. This loss also broke the four-game win streak the Sox had going, a rare bright spot in an otherwise dark season of reconstruction. Rick Hahn's heart-transplant operation is still underway, and we won't know how well the patient responds until the postoperative therapy is complete in about two years.

This was another of those games where we found ourselves more interested in the minor-league scores than what was happening on 35th Street. Aaron Bummer got the loss tonight after giving up the dinger to Cabrera, but I'd rather blame Shields. Just look at his numbers -- negative 63,000,000 speaks for itself!

Melky -- we miss you, man.

submitted by tebman.

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