Morning Skate 218: Comparing to Lucic

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Morning Skate 218: Comparing to Lucic

Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Nick Cotsonika on the Nashville Predators going for broke this season before the team is potentially broken up by free agency.

An interesting Edmonton Journal piece on Jordan Eberle and whether hes one of the NHLs top snipers along with the Bs Milan Lucic.

Pavel Kubina is bummed that hell be asked to leave Tampa Bay via trade, but the silver lining is that hell be going to somebody in the playoff hunt for the rest of this season.

The Winnipeg Free Press says that Blake Wheeler now rivals Milan Lucic as one of the best young power forwards in the game. Because when I think power I absolutely think of Blake Wheeler.

Radim Vrbata is staying humble despite some big success in the desert with the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Toronto Sun has Luke Schenn very confused about the trade rumors that have swirling around the Maple Leafs defenseman seemingly all season.

Something a little different: the city of Philadelphia might have to come to grips with an actual successful franchise.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.