Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Posted by el duque at 10:27 AM
As Food Stamps Hal Steinbrenner would say over the croquet wicket, "Well played, old sport!"
But everything hinges on throwing the ball, and Rick Porcello - Boston's presumed No. 2 starter - has been mimicking CC Sabathia all spring.
Yesterday, the $20 million-a-year man got cuffed upon by the Orioles, surrendering three home runs in six plus innings, though lowering his spring training ERA to 9.76. If Porcello - age 27 - somehow pulls a Daniel Bard, Boston is - how should I put this? - screwed, pricked, reamed up the Hanley Ramirez contract escape hatch... whatever. Their other No. 2 - Clay Buchholtz has Ellsbury's Disease, Joe Kelly didn't pan out, and Eduardo Rodriguez is in recovery. We can fear the Walking Dead - CC and Nova - but Boston would love to have our problem right now.
Of course, think of where we'd be - and they'd be - if Food Stamps had signed Price...