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If Carlos Silva really wants to be the Red Sox' fifth starter, he might want to consider pulling a Tonya Harding on his knee. It was a knee injury, after all, that precipitated one of the most peculiarly noteworthy seasons in baseball history.
On the surface, Silva’s 2005 with the Twins merely seems solid. He was 9-8 with a 3.44 ERA in 27 starts covering 1881⁄3 innings.
Then a number jumps off the page so strongly it seems like a typo: nine walks.
“Wait, really?” closer Andrew Bailey said. “I’ve never heard of anything like that. As a pitcher, you strive to keep people off base. But nine walks in 188 innings? That’s pretty damn good.”
“That’s crazy,” Clay Buchholz added. “I’ve never even heard of anything like that. That’s insane, actually.”
And yet it’s true. Silva’s 0.43 walks per nine innings is the lowest figure in history for a pitcher with at least 30 innings pitched, let alone 188. It’s a record that could last forever.
As Silva attempts to emerge from a crowd to win a place at the back of the Red Sox rotation, one of the things he’ll undoubtedly have going for him is his command. And never was that more apparent than in 2005.
“That year was pretty amazing,” Silva recalled yesterday. “The beginning of the year, I hurt my knee and after one start, they told me I was going to lose the whole season. I had to get knee surgery. I told them I wanted to pitch through it.”.
So who's willing to take a tire iron to Silva's knee?! Nine walks in 188 IP on an injured knee? He's the anti-Daisuke! Granted, Silva did this back in 2005, but he's always been a solid control pitcher. John Tomase mentions later in the article that Silva has only walked 1.73 guys batter per nine innings which Tomase says is good for 21st all-time (Baseball Reference has him 42nd all-time but either way it's still pretty damn good).His other career stats would normally worry the hell out of me (like the 10.8 hits allowed per nine innings or the 4.68 ERA) but he's had on-again. off-again shoulder issues. Plus he's replacing John Lackey and no one can do worse then him at this point.
If he can keep that shoulder healthy, then he would be the fifth starter at the start of Opening Day. He's not going to blow by people (career K per nine inning is 4.0) but if he can go seven innings and not implode in any of them, then that's a win.
If he does that then there will be a bit of a dilemma in the middle of the season as Matsuzaka-san is hoping to return earlier then the June-July range that was originally estimated. There's no chance they would give up on the Daniel Bard experiment so soon even if he is performing poorly so Silva would be the odd man out. That's the best case scenario. Worst case, he has Sox fans pining for Matsuzaka to pitch, something that hasn't happened since everyone wanted to see the mythical gyroball. Doesn't sound THAT bad, right?
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitchers threw live batting practice for the second straight day on Friday. After pacing through all the fields at JetBlue Park, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was especially impressed with one of his veteran hurlers, who was throwing against minor league hitters, from Thursday. "I thought that [Jon] Lester had really nice downward plane, as they...
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Bobby Jenks admitted that he feared for his life.
After having surgery to remove bone spurs in his back on Dec. 12, the righthander noticed that he was leaking some kind of fluid.
Jenks elected to bandage it up himself, but when the condition didn't subside, he visited a doctor. From there, he was rushed into emergency surgery to fix the "...
FORT MYERS, Fla. –– It was supposed to be a routine back surgery. When Bobby Jenks went under the knife on Dec. 12 in Boston, the reliever was scheduled to have two of four bone spurs removed. Unbeknownst to Jenks, the surgeon botched the procedure by starting –– and then not finishing –– a third bone spur. As the Red Sox hurler began his recovery phase, he noticed spinal...
FORT MYERS, Fla. –– Patrolling right field at AT&T Park was always a challenge for Cody Ross. It won't get any easier at Fenway Park. After inking a one-year, $3 million deal with the Red Sox, the outfielder –– and the 2010 National League Championship Series MVP –– will have to adjust to the dimensions, which was one of many opportunities in Boston that appealed...
Carl Crawford is limited when it comes to hitting right now because of his wrist injury, but he's still aiming to get back in the Red Sox lineup for Opening Day. Obviously, only time will tell, but the fact that Crawford isn't ruling out an Opening Day return is reason enough for optimism. When he does return, the Red Sox outfielder wants to get back to being the prominent...
This Scoreboard Now Calls JetBlue Park Home
The grand opening of JetBlue Park, the $78 million stadium the Boston Red Sox built as its new spring training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., is set for this Saturday, Feb. 25.
Dubbed Fenway South, JetBlue Park — the team’s 106-acre Grapefruit League compound — replicates the dimensions of Fenway Park. Team officials...
Well, Josh Beckett has finally spoken up. For a long time, he said little or nothing about last year's collapse. Nick Cafardo's "On Baseball" piece on Monday finally had some quotes. Earlier this spring, in an interview with former teammate Kevin Millar on MLB Network, Beckett seemed angrier about who leaked the negative clubhouse info than what happened in...
Last year's defending champion in NESN's Second Base Cup, Boston Red Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis, got his chance on Tuesday night in the Jordan's Shootout.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia Jordan's Shootout
Daniel Bard Jordan's Shootout
After Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford sat down with Tom Caron and Peter Gammons on the NESN Live set, he took his turn in the Jordan's Shootout.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia Jordan's Shootout
Daniel Bard Jordan's Shootout
Clay Buchholz Jordan...
The Red Sox head toward the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park with a new GM, new manager, new Spring Training facility and only two players -- David Ortiz, Youkilis -- remaining from the 2004 World Series. Beckett, Lester and almost all the remaining players are trying to put the 2011 Beggar's Banquet behind them, "which," says Ortiz, "we can do by playing, not talking."
Carl Crawford isn’t giving up on the idea that he could be ready for Opening Day.
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