Feel free to throw up your hands, because it's one thing when you've got no chance to win. It's another when you've got exactly the guys you want on the mound and things still don't go your way.
For the second straight night, the Red Sox couldn't have asked for a better situation, leading the Baltimore Orioles by three runs in the sixth inning with starter Josh Beckett in the game and Alfredo Aceves rested in the bullpen.
But as was the case Tuesday night, when the normally reliable duo of Daniel Bard (granted, he's been shaky this month) and Jonathan Papelbon couldn't keep the lead in a loss, this time Beckett and Aceves did the Sox in.
I am trying to figure out if Alfredo Simon is one of Buck's nuggets for the future or not.
Maybe if I'm not sure, that means he isn't. But he sure has games where he looks very nugget-like.
Last year, Simon was, at times, a dependable late-inning reliever. This year, at times, he's been a solid-looking starter.
What he can't seem to do is pitch well consistently or for long stretches. It makes you wonder if Simon will always be that way or if something will click at some point and he will become more reliable.
There have been multiple reports from multiple outlets lately that [Peter] Angelos could kill two birds with one stone by hiring Showalter as GM in addition to managerial duties. It's a position Showalter would be hard-pressed to turn down as it would give him a very prestigious role, and one that isn't commonly seen in baseball. GMs in the past have also been responsible for non-player operations, a duty that generally falls to the president now. And player-coaches were very common in previous generations -- but someone acting as both a GM and manager? You don't see that often.
It might have been more believable way back when before both GMing and managing were demanding of a 24/7 job. In this day and age, it would be awfully hard for Showalter to pull off such a role.