Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part II
posted at 4/13/2011 3:34 PM EDT
In Response to Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part II
BaseballGM, It's way too early in the season--plus Monday was off--for this bullpen to be overworked. I'm guessing Reyes has problems throwing in cold weather, but in any case he has pitched a total of 1.2 innings in 9 days. Wheeler has pitched 2.1 innings in 9 days. Ellsbury didn't help, that's for sure. But Youk was much worse. He twice came up with runners on, including a man on third, and both times struck out. Varitek's brain cramp cost one run. Reyes hit two batters and couldn't throw a strike to a guy trying to bunt, and Wheeler had to groove a fastball because he couldn't throw anything else. Between them they gave up 4 earned runs in one inning. Oh, and that "double play" ball was actually a line shot off of Youk's glove. The hitting hasn't won any games, but the elephant in the room is the pitching. It was lousy last year and hasn't--not yet, anyway--improved. An ERA of over 8, dead last in MLB. So far Wakefield has been a godsend, the trash man who eats innings when the starters and other relievers have put the game out of reach. Of 12 pitchers, he has the 3d best ERA.
Posted by M1A2
I agree, Youkilis has looked awful so far. Ellsbury has not looked good at all either. Either way, eventually these bats will heat up. In addition to these two: Crawford, Drew, Scutaro, Salty are all better hitters to this. Pedroia has done okay while A-Gon seems to be right where the Sox want him.
The bullpen I'm honestly not all that worried about. It's better than last year, plain and simple. There's better arms and more importanly more arms in there. This isn't going to all rest on Bard.
The starting pitching deserves 80% of the blame for this ugly start. If I were to give grades...
What's really bad is does anyone have faith in Lester today? I love this guy as a pitcher and am certain he will turn things around but I can't get over his slow starts. I now expect him to not do well in the next 4-5 starts. It's just the way it is. Either way, today is a must-win. Make no mistake.