Thursday, August 24, 2006

Looking Back on the Reacquisition of Mirabelli

Buster Olney reminded me today that Cla Meredith was included in the Josh Bard/Doug Mirabelli trade. I guess I had repressed as much about that trade as possible. Not only has Bard torn up NL pitching since leaving the Sox, but Meredith has turned into a younger Jonathan Papelbon in middle relief. I couldn’t believe the stats when I saw them: 26.2 IP, 1.01 ERA, 0.61 WHIP, 18 K, 3 BB. He’s averaging just 13.3 P/IP and 6.0 K/BB! His OPSA is .395. Amazing. The only runs he’s given up were against Philadelphia. So he has held the opposition scoreless in 25 out of 27 appearances.

Imagine if we’d had him as a middle reliever all this time and Bard as a catcher. I know I championed the move when it happened and I hate it when people change their minds, but man, it would have been nice to have those two guys. We haven’t even really needed Mirabelli because Wakefield has been out for so long and we’ve desperately needed some middle relief help. Mirabelli has been awful and so has Lopez. Meanwhile, Josh Bard is sporting a robust .944 OPS in the NL.

Factoring in the NL to AL shift, these two guys would both probably be enjoying very successful seasons for the Red Sox. Now I’m going to shoot myself.

5 comments:

skootch said...

I respect the stats, but I am not ready to say those two would be having great years in the AL. Bard batted around .240 in the AL, granted not many games but 5 years worth. Meredith, while young and full of potential, has done 90% of his work against 3 teams, and half the time only pitches to one batter. Obviously pitching is much needed for the Sox right now, but I think you should go easy on yourself with this one. LIVE DAMN YOU LIVE!!!!

David Bowie said...

You also forget that trading Mirabelli allowed you to steal Loretta; trading a backup catcher for a former all-star 2b is still puzzling. Plus you damn Boston fans can't live without Mirabelli and his soul patch.

Anonymous said...

Rudy Seanez had great numbers for the Padres last year as well, after sucking in a cameo appearance for the Sox the year before. We all know how his NL numbers translated to the AL this year. I don't buy that Bard or Meredith would have been putting up similar numbers on the East Coast.

Rob said...
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Rob said...

I'm a Padres fan and love the Red Sox for this trade. Although I agree that Bard would not be putting up similar numbers if he was in Boston, Meredith's stuff is plain nasty. I've watched him quite a bit and, contrary to the other commenter's post, he does not only pitch to one batter. He routinely pithces at least one inning and has been lights out. In fact, it's only a matter of time before he takes Linebrink's primary set-up job. Thanks again for the trade, BoSox. At least it made a cute story with Mirabelli getting a police escort to the ballpark.