Thursday, April 14, 2005


Welcome to the American League, Randy Johnson. After the Yanks finally smacked Schilling a tad last night, Randall K is getting his a-- handed to him by the wuss hitters in the RedSax lineup: Renteria and Payton.

Last year, Johnson had back-to-back NON-quality starts once and those starts were in two of the three best hitting parks in the NL: a loss at Colorado (7 IP, 4 ER) and at home against the Fishies (he won) at the end of July/beginning of August. He's met that mark already this year (a quality start = minimum 6 IP, maximum 3 ER).

Johnson pitched in the NL from 1999-2004 at the BOB (Bank One Ballpark), one of the best hitters' parks in baseball. He won the Cy Young Award four times. Fenway is one of the LEAST homer-friendly stadiums in the AL despite the power that the two fatboys and their cohorts have. In other words, it's not a question of ballpark effects . . .

Of course, in Renteria's and Payton's situations, the problem is that they actually KNOW Johnson from hitting against him in the NL for the past six seasons.

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