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Tragedy
08-11-2008, 06:01 PM
Charlie Zink will replace Tim Wakefield in the rotation Tuesday, making his MLB debut against the Rangers.
Boston replaces one knuckleballer with another, choosing Zink over Devern Hansack and David Pauley. At 28 years old Zink is having the best season of his career, going 13-4 with a 2.89 ERA at Triple-A, but facing the high-scoring Rangers is very tough first assignment and it's unclear how long he'll remain in the rotation.
Source: Rotoworld.com

kazzy4080
08-11-2008, 06:08 PM
cant wait to see how he does

BeAn 5 ToWnE
08-11-2008, 06:32 PM
Mmm, I would have preferred Pauley, but I guess it's good to give Tek a day of rest I suppose.

RedSoxRok34
08-11-2008, 06:36 PM
good move, i wanted to see bowden just to see how he does, but zink is all too deserving of this start.

Dirty Dirk41
08-11-2008, 08:02 PM
this really excites me. :)

Ive heard alot of good things about Zink this entire season. I have never seen him throw a pitch in my life. Cant wait to see what hes got. I like replacing knuckle ball with knuckle ball. Texas Rangers will be a tough debut.

KmB728
08-11-2008, 10:15 PM
Lets see what the kid can do

gcoll
08-11-2008, 11:13 PM
I'm excited.....but Texas can hit.

Crucis
08-12-2008, 12:29 AM
I'm glad that Zink's getting the chance. Who knows if he'll ever get a chance to actually make a big league club, so I'm happy to see him get at least one chance to play on the big stage.

Nickday
08-12-2008, 01:02 AM
a nasty knuckle with a 80+ fastball. i can't wait it'll throw people off so much. think how wakefields fastball looks like its 90ish in comparison to his knuckle... i dont wanna say zink will be better, but still... i can't wait. i've hoped for the best from him for years

Tragedy
08-12-2008, 02:03 AM
I'm excited.....but Texas can hit.
Yeah, absolutely. I wish Zink had an easier opponent for his first start (Royals, Mariners). Basically anyone but a team that has Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton leading the way.

Still though, it'll be good to see what type of composure he brings to the mound in start number 1.

RedSoxtober
08-12-2008, 07:24 AM
Mmm, I would have preferred Pauley, but I guess it's good to give Tek a day of rest I suppose.

The Sox would give 'Tek a day off regardless of whether or not we had a knuckleballer in the rotation. The knuckleballer makes it convenient to pick the day for his rest, that's all.


Yeah, absolutely. I wish Zink had an easier opponent for his first start (Royals, Mariners). Basically anyone but a team that has Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton leading the way.

Still though, it'll be good to see what type of composure he brings to the mound in start number 1.

The Rangers have a similar homefield advantage as the Rockies, believe it or not.

Texas: Home OPS .874, Road OPS .754 (+.120)
Colorado: Home OPS .844, Road OPS .684 (+.160)

No doubt they have some good hitters but they also have a huge boost from The Ballpark. Hamilton (.347/.411/1.073 vs .263/.326/.783) is clearly effected on the road. It might not be that bad.

The Sox differential, BTW, is much smaller (.074).

lil'papi
08-12-2008, 07:31 AM
Tito said last night Zink presents them with problems. :D I like his thinking kinda like George W. :D

DaaBoTownSox
08-13-2008, 01:33 AM
Well after that performance, I think we can say Bye-Bye to him for awhile.

RedSoxtober
08-13-2008, 07:17 AM
Charlie Zink was optioned to Pawtucket after the game to make room for Paul Byrd, who will pitch Friday. Zink allowed eight runs in his major league debut, though he left after 4 1/3 innings with a lead. "I didn't expect that kind of offense," he said. "I left some balls up. They're big league hitters, they're a great hitting team. I left them up and they hit them well. I just couldn't make an adjustment at that point." . . . The Sox might have to make another move tomorrow, given that Justin Masterson was the only reliever who did not pitch last night .

Source: Boston Globe

lil'papi
08-13-2008, 08:29 AM
OUCH.....wild game all around. But Zink, ain't Wake. Not last night anyway.

Wake's Fastball
08-13-2008, 11:57 AM
Zink really didn't look great at all. Like he said, he was leaving pitches up there that you can't get away with doing to MLB hitters. He's had a rough string of starts in AAA leading up to this, and it's unfortunate that his shot had to go this poorly nonetheless.

yaowowrocket11
08-13-2008, 12:06 PM
I expected him to be demoted, even if he had a good outing. He still needs some work obviously. Like Wake's Fastball said, he left plenty of pitchers up, and he needs to improve on his command of his fastball and change up.

RedSoxtober
08-13-2008, 01:49 PM
^^^ I expected him to stick... until the Byrd deal was announced anyway.

khsox2000
08-13-2008, 02:19 PM
^^^ I expected him to stick... until the Byrd deal was announced anyway.

i think he probably would have stuck around had they not acquired Byrd. I just wonder who will start in what would have been his start on sunday?

Dirty Dirk41
08-13-2008, 03:11 PM
JARROD WASHBURN!!!!!!!!!!! He was claimed.....no-one knows the team...Maybe its the Redsox