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Postby bobbing_headz » Sun May 27, 2007 6:15 pm

Noticed Okajima is in for the save opp today. Is it just a day off cause I think he pitched yesterday or is there something wrong?
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Postby Prooks25 » Sun May 27, 2007 6:28 pm

The Sox have the pampers on Papelbon this year. Get used to it.
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Postby dweenmachine » Sun May 27, 2007 8:25 pm

Prooks25 wrote:The Sox have the pampers on Papelbon this year. Get used to it.


Actually, I think they're pull-ups... He's a big kid now! :*)
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Postby flooredyas » Sun May 27, 2007 8:39 pm

Actually pitched Friday to finish off the game in a non-save situation (due to non use) and then saved last nights game. Forget about him going 3 games in a row.
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Postby partibrejker » Mon May 28, 2007 1:33 am

i think they should just try to get okajima into a Closer. he is been doing good this year in the set up role and has a few saves ... but then again they are doing fine with papelbon being a closer and not a starter
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Postby Insane Eric » Mon May 28, 2007 11:47 am

flooredyas wrote:Actually pitched Friday to finish off the game in a non-save situation (due to non use) and then saved last nights game. Forget about him going 3 games in a row.

i don't get it? wasnt he going to be a starting pitcher throwing a 100+ pitches a game?
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Postby jcook3127 » Mon May 28, 2007 12:01 pm

Insane Eric wrote:
flooredyas wrote:Actually pitched Friday to finish off the game in a non-save situation (due to non use) and then saved last nights game. Forget about him going 3 games in a row.

i don't get it? wasnt he going to be a starting pitcher throwing a 100+ pitches a game?


Throwing 100 pitches every 5 days as a starter isn't as bad for Papelbon as him coming out of the pen three days in a row...

As a starter, he would've been on a regimented schedule, he would know exactly when he would have to put strain on that shoulder and have guarenteed time of rest..

As a closer, he could have to turn it on and off like that...for his shoulder, pitching 3 days in a row for a total of about 55 pitches puts more strain on him than if he would have those days off in between...thats exactly why Papelbon went down towards the end of last year with shoulder fatigue...

Also, early this season when Papelbon was brought in for a third game in a row, his velocity was noticeably down in the 91-92 area when he usually works within 95-97 and he blew a save...since that point, Francona has been overly-cautious in how he uses Pap...and as long as Okajima continues to have success, I don't think it will change
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Postby partibrejker » Mon May 28, 2007 6:13 pm

^ Very good point. With Okajima pitching as well as he there is no need to over use Papelbon.
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Postby Athrun340 » Mon May 28, 2007 6:20 pm

dont worry too much .. papelbon was about to come in when okijima was in trouble yesterday ...
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Postby Rhydderch » Mon May 28, 2007 8:20 pm

I agree with everything on this thread. Its frustrating, but thats the way its going to be. If the Yanks don't start playing well, the Sox will "clinch" that division by August. Then paps will really be pampered.
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