Monday, March 29, 2010

Boston Signs Schoeneweis and Embree

The Sox shored up their bullpen recently by signing oldsters Scott Schoeneweis and Alan Embree. Sox fans will remember Embree as one part of Boston's lights-out bullpen in 2004. The sequel is never as good as the original. Embree is the very definition of a journeyman reliever. Other than the 2004 postseason, his resume boasts a mediocre 4.59 ERA and 1.340 WHIP. But hell, he's left handed. Let's sign him.

Schoeneweis, 36, is a young pup compared to Embree at 39. His ERA is slightly worse along with his WHIP and he is also a lefty. I found it amusing that the redsox.com article said that he was eager to prove "he's still got it." Got what? A 5.00 ERA? All kidding aside, he's got good stats at Fenway at least. And you have to root for the guy. The father of four lost his wife last spring to a drug overdose.

I think the Sox are just chucking mud up against the wall hoping that something sticks. But that's what you have to do with your bullpen; sign a bunch of guys and pray. This year's star might end up on next year's scrap heap.

5 comments:

Dennis said...

Don't be too negative, I think you are looking at the wrong numbers.

Embree and Schoeneweis will scale the Prudential Building naked before they will face a right-handed hitter at Fenway.

And if you look at their numbers over the past 3 seasons, Embree has held lefties to a .242 BA and Schoeneweis has held lefties to a .210 BA.

Besides, even if one of them makes the team (I am assuming neither received a guaranteed contract), he is going to be the 6th or 7th guy in the bullpen, and come in a couple of times a week to pitch to 1 left-handed hitter.

Dan said...

Like I said. He's a lefty. Let's sign him! i don't know how other teams were using these guys for them to have such poor numbers over all, but I could definitely live with the two of them pitching on a situational basis.

Joey said...

This is why every father should tie their son's right hand behind their back for the first couple of years and make them left handed. They will always be able to find a job making $400K to get one guy out.

Peter said...

Alan Embree hasn't retired yet?

Dennis said...

Why would he? Think Jesse Orosco...