Nation STATion: New stats for Sox pitchers


Nation STATion: New stats for Sox pitchers

Forget ERA, WHIP, and WAR.

Heres what we now need to pay attention to.

The Boston Globe reported that the owner of the Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits, Jon Stilianos, confirmed that the pitchers and other players on the 2011 team were regulars at his place, but he wouldnt say how regular. He said the big lugs usually picked up their boxed meals on the way to the park, and were always pleasant to the employees.

Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits describes itself as a leading quick-service chicken restaurant chain popular for its Cajun-style fried chicken, biscuits, po'boys, chicken strips and other delicious menu items.

Some sample Popeyes menu items:

420 Calories in Popeyes Spicy Chicken Breast 830 mg sodium
280 Calories in Popeyes Mild Chicken Thigh 640 mg sodium
170 Calories in Popeyes Spicy Chicken Leg 460 mg sodium
330 Calories in Popeyes Popcorn Shrimp 1290 mg sodium
260 Calories in Popeyes Buttermilk Biscuits 450 mg sodium
330 Calories in Popeyes Mashed Potatoes (large) 1770 mg sodium
110 Calories in Popeyes Mashed Potatoes (regular) 590 mg sodium
260 Calories in Popeyes Cajun Fries (regular) 570 mg sodium
770 Calories in Popeyes Cajun Fries (large) 1700 mg sodium
170 Calories in Popeyes Cajun Rice 530 mg sodium
220 Calories in Popeyes Coleslaw (regular) 300 mg sodium
660 Calories in Popeyes Coleslaw (large) 900 mg sodium
190 Calories in Popeyes Corn on the Cob 0 mg sodium
320 Calories in Popeyes Hot Cinnamon Apple Pie 340 mg sodium

The National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure recommends an upper limit of 2,400 mg of sodium per day.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that on average males consume 2,475 calories daily.

Some sample beers:

Becks Beer 143 calories
Bud Light 110 calories
Coors 149 calories
Dos Equis 148 calories
Heineken Lager 150 calories
Michelob 155 calories
Sam Adams 160 calories

The Breakfast of Champions:

A representative snack of Popeyes Spicy Chicken Breast, Buttermilk Biscuit, Mashed Potatoes (regular), Coleslaw (regular), and Corn on the Cob with a Hot Cinnamon Apple Pie washed down with one Sam Adams would equal 1680 calories.

In September:

Josh Beckett was 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA and a 1.348 WHIP. He threw 23 innings and gave up 14 earned runs on 24 hits and 7 walks. He struck out 26.
Jon Lester was 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.611 WHIP. He threw 31.2 innings and gave up 19 earned runs on 35 hits and 16 walks. He struck out 32.
John Lackey was 0-2 with a 9.13 ERA and a 2.028 WHIP. He threw 23.2 innings and gave up 24 earned runs on 36 hits and 12 walks. He struck out 14.
Combined, Beckett, Lester and Lackey were 2-7. In 75.1 innings they gave up 57 earned runs on 95 hits and 35 walks. They struck out 72. Their ERA was 6.83. Their WHIP was 1.726.

Bon appetit!

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

The angst surrounding the David Price- and (possibly) Drew Pomeranz-less Red Sox starting rotation may have eased a little -- or a lot -- on Thursday.

Steven Wright extended his string of scoreless spring-training innings to 9 1/3 by blanking the Pirates for 4 1/3 innings in his third spring-traing start, leading the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates at SkyBlue Park.

Red Sox-Pirates box score

Wright allowed two hits -- the only two hits he's allowed this spring -- with one walk and three strikeouts.

Several of his pitching brethren, notably Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr., didn't fare nearly as well. (See box score above.) But the Sox -- using what may be their regular-season batting order for the first time -- bailed them out with a 16-hit attack, led by Dustin Pedroia (3-for-3, now hitting ,500 for the spring). Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and, yes, Pablo Sandoval each added two hits. Sandoval also drove in three runs and is now hitting .362.

Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 in his return to the Sox from the World Baseball Classic.


A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.

Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, ate 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine

David Hastings, Moncada's agent, clarified to CSNNE that this was a one-time thing when Moncada first arrived in the U.S. Moncada had never had Twinkies before, Hastings said, so he was like "a kid in a candy store."

He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September. 

The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats — some of the best numbers anywhere.

Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.

Twinkies weren’t his only indulgence. 

More from the story: 

Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.

David Hastings reinforced to CSNNE that the message to Moncada was to invest in things that appreciate in value.