If Miller pitches outstanding in his next few starts, would you take out Lackey or Bedard from the playoff rotation?

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    Re: If Miller pitches outstanding in his next few starts, would you take out Lackey or Bedard from the playoff rotation?

    Listen hard...

    ...you still can't hear it.
     
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    Re: If Miller pitches outstanding in his next few starts, would you take out Lackey or Bedard from the playoff rotation?

    If Salty caught Miller, who knows...just throwing that out there for those that use catchers to help determine pitchers. How ironic that Tek seemed to actually pitch call for Wakefield tonight and was terrific with him. In fact, it was the perfect game to foil two giant myths:
    1. Tek catches every Sox pitcher well.
    2. Tek can't catch Wakefield.

    Reasoning. Wakefield threw fastballs tonight in a 10-0 game, and he threw a few curves. He mixed in fastballs because Tek used his brain and figured hey throw the fastball and it will come off as a 90 mph pitch after the knuckleball. Wake normally just calls his own pitches. or the catcher says knuckleball, knuckleball, knuckleball with little change of pace from that. I've always thought that Tim should spot his fastball or even just throw it down the middle sometimes just to kill a batter. And he did that tonight to perfection. Chalk it down to Tek being smart. Now Tek with Miller....Miller can't throw to him. Miller threw great to Salty in Texas. Why would you have Tek catch Miller, but not have Tek catch Lester??? This is where I bang my head against the wall. This was not rocket science. One did great with Miller, so you go with that catcher-Salty. The other has had success with Lester, so you go with that catcher-Tek. Why change up something that worked??? Why??????
     
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    Re: If Miller pitches outstanding in his next few starts, would you take out Lackey or Bedard from the playoff rotation?

    I still think Miller has good stuff, but give him his next shot with Salty behind the dish. If he goes to pieces, he's done.
     
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    Re: If Miller pitches outstanding in his next few starts, would you take out Lackey or Bedard from the playoff rotation?

    I agree with much of what you say, DC.
    If Miller is better with Salty, and he has been since his return, then expect Salty to catch him next time out. I still think Miller has value as a potential lefty specialist this year, if it comes to that.

    As for Wake, I have never seen him shake a pitch off. He just rides with his receiver so as not to cross him up.
    I do think Salty should mix it up with Wake. It may give Wake a better feel or perspective with his dancer. It's like Tito's insistence on hitting Papi vs. southpaws last year, despite numbers that ran contrary to that position. Tito felt it gave Papi more balance.
     
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    agreed on mixing up. It's something I've been thinking bout for a while, and then to see Tek call fastballs tonight was enjoyable to watch. It's actually more exciting to see Wake K a guy on a 74 MPH fastball down the middle like tonight. That was hysterical and considering what great control Wake does have with his knuckler, you just don't expect that FB.
     
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    Wake's heat likely looks like MO's after hitters dance the flutterball ballet.
     
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    Re: If Miller pitches outstanding in his next few starts, would you take out Lackey or Bedard from the playoff rotation?

    1) I don't see Miller as a lefty specialist because he walks too many batters and our righty pen has excellent numbers vs LHPs both in 2011 and over the last 2-4 years.

    2) Miller does seem more comfortable with Salty, but lets not use one game sample sizes to make definitive judgements. 

    3) As for the Tito not sitting Papi more last year vs lefties, I think it was out of respect and loyalty, not "balance". I can never think that going of for 5 with 3 Ks keeps anyone balanced. It messes a hitter up more than having a sceduled day off (where they can take extra batting practice knowing they are not starting).
     
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    Re: If Miller pitches outstanding in his next few starts, would you take out Lackey or Bedard from the playoff rotation?

    In Response to Re: If Miller pitches outstanding in his next few starts, would you take out Lackey or Bedard from the playoff rotation?:
    [QUOTE]I think Wake is now the #5 starter.  Miller is back in limbo because the Sox can't park him anywhere.   If he leaves the Sox, he is free to go anywhere. 
    Posted by maxbialystock[/QUOTE]

    No no!

    I read on this board that 26yo Miller was the youth this team needs to be investing in, and that Wakefield was just an old man with an ERA over 5.00 over the last two years.

    Apparently, over 5.00 is bad, but if you get the ERA over 6.00 over 2 years, like Miller has, that's OK.  And if one of those years is over 8.00 in the NL - GOLD!! 

     
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    Re: If Miller pitches outstanding in his next few starts, would you take out Lackey or Bedard from the playoff rotation?

    Exactly notin. 

    Only Wake's 2 year ERA counts. 

    Only Wake's last start counts.
     

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