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The Red Sox call up Alan Embree

Apr 28, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

Yesterday I took crap from everyone for wondering why the Sox didn’t call up Alan Embree instead of Fabio Castro to aid the bullpen. After last night’s game the Red Sox called up Alan Embree and sent down Fabio Castro, who didn’t throw a pitch in last night’s game, so maybe I’m not as dumb as I look sometimes.  I’ll admit, however, I whiffed on Wakefield being available for last night’s game due to his Sunday start.

The broader lesson: it’s remarkable how I can write a 2000-word screed ripping one team and not get a single negative response, but if I make some moderately lazy comment about the Red Sox bullpen people come out of the woodwork.

  1. BC - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Wwwwhy…would they do this? Why waste Castro’s time? Or did Theo just forget that Embree was going to walk? I’m more puzzled now than I was yesterday.

  2. Josh - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Craig:
    1. You’ll have more people comment on Red Sox and Yankees posts because there are more Red Sox and Yankees fans. That isn’t remarkable. As as someone who has read you from your days as a lowly primate on BTF, I think you really realize that.
    You’ll also get more invective levied against you because with more fans, you’ll have more of a chance to see the fat tail of fan idiocy. If every team has a bellcurve of smart, standard, and idiot fans, the 4 Royals fans (Rany included) that read this blog may simply not include any of the frothing variety.
    That all said: the 11 comments in the other thread were (1) a very small number and not reflective of much of an exodus from the woodwork, and (2) a very tame bunch.
    2. Castro didn’t throw because Clay pitched 8 innings. You were wrong in your post yesterday because you simply didn’t understand the dynamic of how little the bullpen had left in the gas tank, how Castro fit into to that picture, the options Castro had left, how the Red Sox typically use the last man in the pen/roster, and where Wakefield fit in. Castro was the correct player to call up yesterday (actually, any starter/stretched reliever on the 40 man with options would have been correct), and the correct player to send down today. It was a planned move, you just didn’t see the plan — while your readers, who follow the team more closely, did.
    You aren’t as dumb as you look – but you were wrong. Its OK – you probably would be an incredibly odd person if you could understand how a team you don’t follow closely treats its 26th and 27th players riding the Pawtuckett shuttle. So, think of this as some kind of affirmation that you do, indeed, have a life.
    Appreciate your readers and appreciate that you are getting good, quick feedback … don’t be defensive.

  3. VoiceofReason - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Castro was simply called up because the bullpen has been overused, and needed someone who could throw multiple innings if Clay got knocked out of the game early. Now the bullpen got its rest, so the Sox were able to make the move the really wanted, and that was essentially Embree replacing Atchison.

  4. Josh - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    BC:
    Simple: becauase Castro is a replacement level pitcher who could throw multiple innings. The risk of wasting his time simply isn’t important, he had an option remaining (and who cares, really, if you lost him in a DFA shuffle?), and the bullpen needed someone who could potentially go multiple innings since most of the bullpen was gassed yesterday. Embree would have made no sense as a call up as he is essentially a LOOGy and the bullpen needed the potential for multiple innings. It just so happens that Buchholz made that all moot with an awesome start.

  5. Tom H. - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    You’re not from Boston man, you wouldn’t understand!

  6. Wendall - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Theo is a real genius . Another retread pitcher that’s going to get his ass kicked . Lackey is the only pitcher on that so-called staff that has any chance of being a stopper . It’s gonna be a long season .

  7. john - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Would you Red Sox fans love some cheese with your whine?
    Seriously, get over it.

  8. Ryan - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    You mean Lackey of the 11/9 K/BB ratio and 1.65 WHIP? Lackey sucks too. He was meh in Anaheim and he’ll get destroyed in Boston. It’ll be an even longer season.

  9. YankeesfanLen - Apr 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    You guys realize, of course, that Craig has a secret cache of whose buttons can be pushed for which teams. And that comments from Universe/Nation fans will at least get us going.
    This seems like a kinder, gentler comment section this year, guess we need more 4+ hour games. I’m still pissed the Universe didn’t come all the way back last night, and a 10 run blowout tonight won’t make me feel (too much) better.
    Captcha: Mr. splendor- Leave ARod alone!

  10. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Apr 28, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    It’s Zen Baseball, learn it, live it, love it.
    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/04/introducing-zen-baseball-26319/

  11. ThinMan - Apr 28, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    What Josh Said.
    @YankeesfanLen: Craig, pushing buttons in the interest of generating comments? I’m shocked at such an allegation! :)

  12. Chris Simonds - Apr 28, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Craig is an upright American male. Don’t accuse him of subterfuge.
    Captcha: disguise communist

  13. Wendall - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:38 PM

    Ryan , compared to the rest of those losers he’s (Lackey) like the second coming of Christ . Beckett’s era is 7.22 and rising . Good timing on the extension Theo . How about extending Ortiz next .

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