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July 01, 2006

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Brian Houk

Okay, so hindsight is 20/20, but seriously, did anyone else have as much trepidation as I did waiting for Jason Johnson to pitch his first game for the Red Sox?

And honestly, can anyone explain to me why Kyle Snyder, who pitched none too badly in winning his first start for the Sox, wasn't given a chance to prove it wasn't a fluke?

How many times have the Red Sox traded a pitcher who has struggled for them, sometimes for years, only to have that same pitcher become lights out for someone else?
So the thinking may have been that Jason Johnson could have been that type of guy for us, I suppose...and maybe down the line he will, but couldn't Kyle Snyder have been that type of guy?

Personally, I would rather have watched Snyder struggle in a return appearance than watch Johnson blow up right off the bat... literally. True, he righted the ship somewhat, after the disaster of the first two innings, but really against a pitcher of Dontrelle's caliber, a lefty, pitching the way he can...

I thought Johnson was a sinkerballer, most of the time it looked like he threw meatballs, up and over the plate, nice and juicy with lotsa hitme sauce on them. I don't want to hang the guy, I mean it was a tough assignment to come in against Willis on the road and shoulder the responsibilty for keeping a winning streak going but then all the more reason to give a guy like Snyder, who actually helped make the streak last as long as it did, the opertunity.

On a positive note, it was nice to see ol' rubber arm Tavarez actually pitch with some effectiveness albeit we were trailing 5-0 at the time.

In fact, that Rudy Awakenings Seanez actually pitched and did not allow a run to score was a pleasant surprise, trailing or not.

and Hansen seemed to pitch with a bit more authority, a good sign, hopefully.

Jason Johnson, obviously, I hope he works out, but I'm not holding my breath. I tried that but I just about burst a lung waiting for him to get out of the first two innings.

Iain

Why are we so insistent that Clement is going to work out, ever? Why do we keep throwing him into the mix? This balance of rookies and veterans we've got going right now ain't broke. Don't screw around with it.
May the gods of baseball and / or the front office hear you.

Runan

...It is so hard being the one Matt Clement fan left in the world. =_=;;

beth

ooh, honey, you know i (indirectly) feel your pain. you have my sympathies (if not my enthusiasm for clement).

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