23-11: Tavarez’ time ticking away

Which of these ERAs is not like the others? Curt Schilling, 3.28; Josh Beckett, 2.51; Daisuke Matsuzaka, 4.80; Tim Wakefield, 1.79; Julian Tavarez, 6.60. Exactly. While Tavarez has had his moments against top starters this season, he just isn’t in the same league as the rest of our starting staff. It’s almost scary (for other teams) to think about what our rotation might be like had Jonathan Papelbon not gone to the bullpen and become starter number 5.

The Baltimore Orioles marched into town yesterday and stopped the Sox win streak cold, 6-3. Starter Julian Tavarez (1-4) lasted five innings in this one, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) on 10 hits. He didn’t walk anyone, though given the results, maybe he should have thrown ball four a couple of times instead of serving up some meaty pitches to the Orioles batters.

The Red Sox have all but owned the Orioles since last season, but Baltimore does seem like they might be making some progress. I especially like the play of youngster Nick Markakis, who had four hits and a highlight defensive play in the game.

After a one game stint with the parent club, Devern Hansack was optioned to AAA Pawtucket in favor of lefty Javier Lopez, who was sent there just a few days before. Admittedly, Hansack looked kind of lost in his first outing of the season, but I’m not sure this was a fair tryout. It seemed that Tavarez was headed for the bullpen and Hansack would audition for the fifth starter spot, but this move would seem to show a change of heart by the club. Do they really want to keep Tavarez in this role for much longer?

Coco Crisp went 2-5 in the two slot, hitting ahead of Big Papi. He’s hitting .286/.375/.381 there in 21 ABs this year, so maybe we let him keep trying out that slot? Whaddya say, Tito?


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