Franklin Morales

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    Franklin Morales

    This guy has been ok.  I would like to see him get more of a shot.  He came in Monday night and blew away the one batter he saw.  I would have liked to see him start the 8th and pitch until one better reached base.  Wheeler has been much better too.  Francona needs to trust these guys a little more and lighten the load on D. Bard. 
     
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    Morales will get more than his share of chances from here on and if he continues to command the ball, get guys out and put's up zero's, he'll find himself on the bump in higher leverage situations. Every one in the pen has a role too include Wheeler. Morales is our power lefty guy ideally he'll take over the late innings lefty role and compliment Bard's role to bridge the 7th & 8th to get the ball to Paplebon. Wheeler, Albers & Aceves all are middle guys who are expected to pitch 2 innings and in some cases 3 innings keep us in games and bridge the gap to the backend of the pen..

    Overall our pen is in good shape and I'm not too concerned about any of them being overworked...I don't think trust is an issue, more so, it's managing thier workloads to keep them sharp with defined roles based on who's available and what innings where in and the score of the game.
     
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    My confidence in Morales is increasing each game!  At first, I thought Theo blew it in trading for him, but he is coming on, and could turn out to be a good one!
     
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    Re: Franklin Morales

    agreed, i've liked him so far
     
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    Do not forget that he was on DL for a month as well he came off of DL on June 28th.  So Tito cant over-use him.  If you look at his stats, he probably had more than 12 appearences since he came off of the DL.  So he is being used often.


     
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    Last night he showed a real nice Curve and a 95 MPH fastball...both better pitches that I had noticed in previous appearances.....with stuff like that, if his command is decent, he could see himself in some really key lefty spots the rest of the way
     
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    Living in Colorado I often see the Rockies play. I was pleasantly surprised when Sox acquired  Morales, as I believe he has good potential.
    His stuff can be electric & unhittable; only problem has been consistently finding plate. At Coors field he could be excused for nibbling...mistakes get hit a LONG way at altitude.
    I hope he continues to develop, eventually becoming as reliable as Okajima, circa 2007-008.
    So sad about Rich Hill's injury, and A. Miller may be unable to come in from bullpen during mid- to late innings and pitch effectively. ( of course HE also has troubles pitching effectively in his starts, LOL ).
    But Hottovy & Williams have failed miserably, and Doubront still healing in minors.
     
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    He's not bad but my initial reaction is that he isn't that tough on lefties.  I looked it up, and he does actually have reverse splits this yr.  .785 OPS vs lefties (49 ab's) and .655 OPS vs righties (60 ab's).   Small sample size though.  Historically, this has not been the case.

    I think some people get too wrapped up in the LH specialist role.  If you have RH's that get out lefties, like Bard and some of the others on the staff, it's not as important.
     
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       Moves must be made to insure post-season success, it is not that the Sox have RHP to get lefties out, but the oppisite Sox need LHP because teams offense is weaker against lefties. If Sox play Yankees a LH can turn Texeria, Posada, Swisher around mitigating their power. Phills Howard hasn't hit a homer of a lefty all year. I can give you examples of all potential play-off teams but I think you get the message. A LHP is needed in order to match-up with oppisition weaknesses, and if Bedard can stay healthy he would be logical choice as 3rd starter.
     
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    Morales will get more than his share of chances from here on and if he continues to command the ball, get guys out and put's up zero's, he'll find himself on the bump in higher leverage situations. Every one in the pen has a role too include Wheeler. Morales is our power lefty guy ideally he'll take over the late innings lefty role and compliment Bard's role to bridge the 7th & 8th to get the ball to Paplebon. Wheeler, Albers & Aceves all are middle guys who are expected to pitch 2 innings and in some cases 3 innings keep us in games and bridge the gap to the backend of the pen.. Overall our pen is in good shape and I'm not too concerned about any of them being overworked...I don't think trust is an issue, more so, it's managing thier workloads to keep them sharp with defined roles based on who's available and what innings where in and the score of the game.
    Posted by Beantowne


    Higher leverage situations?  What are you talking about?

     
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    In Response to Re: Franklin Morales:
       Moves must be made to insure post-season success, it is not that the Sox have RHP to get lefties out, but the oppisite Sox need LHP because teams offense is weaker against lefties. If Sox play Yankees a LH can turn Texeria, Posada, Swisher around mitigating their power. Phills Howard hasn't hit a homer of a lefty all year. I can give you examples of all potential play-off teams but I think you get the message. A LHP is needed in order to match-up with oppisition weaknesses, and if Bedard can stay healthy he would be logical choice as 3rd starter.
    Posted by attic-dan


    So what moves?  why not go with what they got, ie Morales, which is what the original post is suggesting?
     
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    In Response to Re: Franklin Morales:
    In Response to Re: Franklin Morales : So what moves?  why not go with what they got, ie Morales, which is what the original post is suggesting?
    Posted by OhEFFU


       IMO Morales is not the answer, has hardly pitched any meaningful major league innings, and his performance has been spotty at best. A couple of appearances against the tribe doesn't move me, if he is the answer I don't want to know the question.
     
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    In Response to Re: Franklin Morales : Higher leverage situations?  What are you talking about?
    Posted by OhEFFU


    As in the 8th inning, one run game, tying run on base and a big lefty stick at the plate. Often reffered to as pitching in high leverage situations....
     
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    In Response to Re: Franklin Morales:
    In Response to Re: Franklin Morales :    IMO Morales is not the answer, has hardly pitched any meaningful major league innings, and his performance has been spotty at best. A couple of appearances against the tribe doesn't move me, if he is the answer I don't want to know the question.
    Posted by attic-dan


    Hasn't pitched any meaningful major league innings?  Couldn't the same be said for K-Rod in 2002, Joba in 2007, and many others?
     
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    Not for nothing but last night I was actually quite impressed with Randy Williams
     
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    In Response to Re: Franklin Morales:
    In Response to Re: Franklin Morales : Hasn't pitched any meaningful major league innings?  Couldn't the same be said for K-Rod in 2002, Joba in 2007, and many others?
    Posted by Gready


       The difference those mentioned were rookies, Morales has been around for 5-6 years and has pitched over 150 innings, some as a starter. We have a better gauge in which to judge his body of work. Let's hope the Sox find lightning in a bottle with Morales or Williams, but comparisons to K-Rod etc. don't hold water.
     
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