Baseball Crank
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October 14, 2003
BASEBALL: Ugh, Ugh, Ugh.

Just heard on ESPN Radio: John Burkett's regular season career record against the Yankees: 0-6, 8.59 ERA. You can't sum up the last 85 years of Red Sox history better than this: the Sox are facing elimination tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium, and they're starting a 38-year-old pitcher who had a 5.15 ERA this season. They'd be better off with Denny Galehouse.

Frankly, if he was healthy (concerns about his shoulder have been cited as a reason for leaving him off the ALCS roster), I'd far rather see Byung Hyun Kim starting this game, bad experiences at Yankee Stadium or no. Kim posted a 2.78 ERA and a 49/15 K/BB ratio in 55 innings dating back to June 10 this season, and didn't allow an earned run in 12 September outings, allowing just 7 baserunners in 13 innings. At least Kim would've had a hope of giving you some scoreless innings.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:02 PM | Baseball 2002-03 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

If I'm not mistaken Grady left Kim off the roster for the ALCS so he's unavailable.

Posted by: tomaig at October 15, 2003 7:43 AM

That's right. But unless the shoulder injury is more serious than I've seen, I'd have to question that decision.

Posted by: The Crank at October 15, 2003 8:32 AM
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