Before we get out our pitchforks and hanging ropes to mob swarm Yawkey Way demanding Bard's head, let's at least considah the following: Mirabelli's first 6 games catching Wakefield resulted in 10 past balls, Bard's first 5 games catching Wakefield - 10 past balls. Pretty similah, eh?
Yeah, it's time to just take a wait and see approach on Bard until he gets some more experience under his belt.
Besides, it's probably only a matter of time before the Japanese come out with a whacky video on catching the knuckleball. I mean it's the logical sequential progression aftah "How to fold T-Shirt in split seconds" and "How to put on a Band Aid so it stay on all day."
Yeah, and while they're at it a "How to hit ball good in clutch" would be especially helpful to the Red Sox at the moment, as poor clutch hitting is the biggest problem with the offense especially in games Wakefield has stahted.
But you know the clutch hitting, in particular Big Papi's, is going to come around.
Yep, small sample size and all that which is why I'm not jumping to any conclusions over the Fruit Bat's recent troubles.
Really. At this point in the season you're better off trolling the web for, er, creative Japanese TV commercials* than you are making baseball predictions.
[*Caveat: The video linked above may not be safe for work. Content is safe, the guise/joke, not so much.]
The link to the band-aid video comes courtesy of the devilish duo over at The Red Seat.