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maurice
06-20-2005, 01:52 PM
Charlotte lost 9-6, because they had no adequate starter. Little made the best of his AAA debut (3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K). Anderson 3-5, 2B, 2 R, .277. Biko 2-5, 2B, R, .248. Toca homered twice.

B'ham lost 5-2. Honel was shaky (4.1 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 5 BB, 2 K). Owens 2-4, R, CS, .309. Gonzo 1-2, 2 BB, R, .299.

W-S won 6-3. Haigwood dominated (6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 11 K). He's now 8-2 with a 3.53 ERA. Valido 2-5, 2B, 3B, R, RBI, .320. Schnurstein 2-3, HR, BB, 2 R, RBI, .284. Amador 2-3, 2 2B, BB, R, SB, .268.

Kanny was PPD.

diamondkings29
06-20-2005, 02:33 PM
Maurice....all I can say to your statement about Charlotte and the starters is.....AMEN AND APPLE PIE!!!! Too many times do they rely on their bullpen to keep them in the games. Baj/Fields/Munoz are doing a heck of a good job keeping them in some games.......don't you agree?

maurice
06-20-2005, 03:00 PM
Well, McCarthy is one of the top prospects in all of baseball. Diaz and Stewart are both pretty good, but Stewart is gone now, and Diaz missed time with an injury. Adkins has significantly underperformed, given all the time he spent in the bigs last year. Munoz and Lubisich both have had success as starters at AA and may become successful starters for Charlotte. Ulacia has been known to pitch well in streaks from time to time. Phillips was pushed unfairly, but he's pitched very well for B'ham. Person was a bet on a longshot that didn't pay off.

All in all, the team should improve over its crappy 1st half performance. I suspect that BMac will be back, there's no room to promote Anderson, and some of the more recent AAAA signings should continue to be productive players. As far as other young players go, you might get Rogowski, and guys like Biko and Spidale could improve substantially over their 1st-half performance. The pen should continue to kick butt, especially if Jenks has been promoted (as rumored).

diamondkings29
06-20-2005, 03:19 PM
Maurice, what do you think of Josh Fields and Jeff Bajanerau coming out of the pen.....any shot that they might get a cup of coffee later or be used as trade bait?

maurice
06-20-2005, 03:32 PM
The Sox don't have a very good track record of promoting relievers (though Baj got a cup of coffee at the end of last season with mixed results). For example, the current Sox bullpen contains only 1 pitcher who was promoted from within the organization, and that pitcher was a starter in the minors.

OTOH, plenty of Sox farmhands have had success in other clubs' bullpens (Wickman, Bradford, Majewski, Levine, etc.). IMHO, this is the probable future course for Baj and maybe Fields.