The Red Sox say goodbye to AJ Pierzynski and no one is that upset about it
It’s time for another edition of Three Up, Three Down in the American League East. A lot going on in the division this week; we’ve got injuries, performances good and bad, and the departure of my least-favorite player. So, who’s looking good and who’s looking like crap this week? Let’s see.
After writing on Tuesday that Uehara was the Red Sox only All-Star snub, he is an All-Star for the first time after all. With the help of his own manager, John Farrell, Uehara was named an injury replacement for the game. Amid rumors the Sox may have little choice but to deal Uehara before the deadline, seeing him in the All-Star game will be a nice cap to a remarkable run for Koji. I’d hate to see him go, but after the season-plus that he’s had, consider this icing on the cake.
Another week, another stellar performance for Cruz. The Orioles All-Star is crushing it, again, this week, putting up a .462/.500/.818 line to go with two more home runs and six more RBI to add to his league-leading totals. He’s even stolen two bases for good measure. At this point, Cruz simply can’t be stopped.
I tend to pick on relief pitchers in this column who put up absurd, 50+ ERA weeks with a bad outing or two. So it’s only fair that I honor the other side of it too. Baltimore’s Brad Brach (how’s that for some alliteration) racked up not one, not two, but three wins this week. Despite tossing only 5.2 innings, Brach was the winning pitching in all three of his appearances. He allowed only three hits and no runs this week en route to the three wins. See, I can be nice to middle-relief guys too.
Hey AJ – don’t let the clubhouse door hit you on the way out. AJ is now DFA, as the Red Sox made their best personnel move of the season by designating Pierzynski for assignment, ending his brief stint in Boston. Final tally: 72 games, 274 plate appearances, .254 BA, 4 HR, 31 RBI, 3.4 pitches seen per plate appearance, 1 million disgusting heckles on my part. My only regret is that he didn’t play on Tuesday night when I was in attendance, and I was robbed of my final chance to tell him he’s a bum. Alas.
Update on Erik Bedard – he’s still bad. This week: 0-1, 2 IP, six earned on eight hits with two walks. His ERA on the season is now approaching five, and he isn’t exactly doing his part to get Tampa Bay back into the hunt in the AL East.
Uncharted territory for Tanaka as he finds himself as one of the Three Down for the first time. Tanaka was placed on the DL this week with elbow inflammation, knocking him out of the All-Star Game (it was his place that Koji took). Yankee fans have bigger things to worry about, like, “will he come back soon.” If Tanaka misses significant time, the Yankees are D-O-N-E.
That’s it this week. Check back next week for another edition of Three Up, Three Down. And sayonara, AJ!