A Realistic Look at 2011: Part II

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    #1 or #2 doesn't really matter from now until  the playoffs.

    On paper, yes, I think Beckett is already close to the number 2 with Buch and Lackey.
     
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    OK, here's my question. Why hit Crawford 3rd rather than 2nd? Crawford is a burner, and if you have him and Ells on base with Pedey up, that seems like it would be a pitcher's worst nightmare. Pedey can handle the bat and he has 20 - 25 HR pop. That's my 2 cents on the lineup. I'll reserve comment on Linares for now.
     
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    96-66
     
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    I'm not. The O's are gonna shock you this year, Moon.
    Tonight they beat Price in Tampa.  Not an easy task. Wieters hit 8th. That's an imposing line-up.

    What's ur take on the RedSox season opener?
     
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    Amp, it was big when they chose to go the AAA route with Iglesias. There was some alleged discussion that they wanted to keep him and Linares together as we are told there is some mutual respect there, and that maybe they could support each other. Pawtucket has Kalish, Reddick, Linares and Nava in the OF. As predicted, Bubba Bell was traded for cash considerations. They were not going to carry all those OF without some place to play them. Pawtucket has a heck of a team on paper. 

    They also released Baker and several others. Amp, I love your wife's smile. You have a great marriage there and we are all sure you deserve it as well!

    1st game is probably tomorrow right! GO SOX!
     
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    Did anyone see how well Lester threw his changeup?  I ask because I don't think he has one.  Or, if he does, he doesn't use it much.  When the other team throws 7 righties at you, I think you need a good changeup, even if you are reputedly the greatest lefty in the game or whatever. 
     
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    Birds beat the Rays tonight, 4-1.
    89 more wins or a 2nd place finish and my greatest baseball projection will materialize. 

    Watch out for da birdies!!!
     
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    They not have mirrors in your neck of the woods?
     
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    He should have played today vs the lefty, but I am not going to use one game samples sizes to try and prove anything.
     
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    More days in last!
     
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    Sorry hrness, I'm glad the Birds won. It puts us a game closer to TB, the more feared opp.
     
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    It's almost as it ur refereeing a heavyweight fight.
     
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    Another interesting thread. Posters are interesting and polite.
     
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    Have a great time, Moon.
    I hope Tek catches at least one of them. 
    BTW: How'd ya like Papi's non-clutch dinger tonight? Surprised 
     
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    A homer that ties the score in late innings is not "non-clutch". Wakefield was "non-clutch". That's about the ugliest looking thing I've seen since Fielder, Sr. fell down walking to first.
     
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    People talk about our "far away" prospects, but I think we have several players ready to step up right now and help, if neede.
     
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    Well, what does one say at this time of year.  It's just sticking a toe in the pool--too early to get too excited.  Haven't followed these two games that closely, but what do we have to be encouraged about: A-Gon, Ellsbury, Big Papi, the new relievers (for the most part)...I think we need to go through the pitching rotation two or three times before we get out a syringe.  These guys just built themselves up to five innings and need some time to get a groove.  How's that Moon?  Like my new patience?  Probably looking for a silver lining in that cloud, but maybe it's good to be down in Texas where it's hot as opposed to Cleveland, Toronto, Boston, etc. where someone might be straining a muscle, etc..  Honestly, it might not be so bad to get kicked around a couple of games right at the offset to bring guys together, get focused, realize they aren't going to talk their way to the playoffs, face some adversity, etc.
     
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    Ya gotta check out this Coyle kid. Drop everything and watch! We look to have a real winner here. Let the comparisons to Pedroia  begin!

    Who knows how this works out but this kid just came out of XST and went directly to Greenville out of HS.  And word is he can hit also:

     
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    Not much to argue about.  I think Theo got the right guys in the offseason and, barring another rash of injuries, believe this is one terrific lineup.  Not just 9 good hitters with very possibly "no holes," but some pretty decent backups in Tek, Mac, Lowrie, and Cameron.   Plus some speed on the basepaths--a big shortfall last year.

    Pitching is another matter, but that's OK.  Lester and Buchholz should be fine, and the other three, who were anything but fine in 2010, looked pretty decent in ST.  Pap looks awful, but Theo still has Bard and Jenks to back him up or fill in.    If the pitching is good, 100 wins should be easy.

    Even the fielding looks pretty good.  Youk is probably no more than average at 3B, but the outfield is above average, as are 1B and 2B--and Scutaro is adequate at SS.  Opposing teams will continue to steal bases off Saltalamacchia or Tek, but Crawford is now playing for us--kind of a twofer. 

    I think almost any lineup will work, and today's lineup shows this year Francona will be less reluctant to platoon than in prior years. 

    Plus, of course, the right manager helps. 
     
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    Yes, Beckett is a coward who wasn't "a fearless competitor" when he beat the Yankees in the WS. There are countless MLB P'ers who are skeert of any challenges presented.
     
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    I saw some saberguy had the Sox one game up on TB at season's end.
     
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    When any team faces the same pitcher over and over again they generally catch up with him, for example the Yanks and Pedro. It's a reason to always come up with young pitching and also move pitchers around some also.
     
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    Thanks boom. I will have a blast win or lose. I don't really drink much anymore. I'll be driving.

    Well, I'm off to Dallas.

    I'm expecting the signing AGon announcementy any day now...
    ...and softy saying he "called it".
     
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    I hope it doesn't end up like that, but I have worn that hat fom time to time.
     
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    Boom, absolutely correct on Adrian's hitting approach. I was pointing out to my son, who is a pretty good high school pitcher, how Adrian approaches his at bats. With runners on he was looking to drive the ball up the middle or to left field to plate the runners. He also shortens up his stroke when he has two strikes on him, which is almost unheard of in today's power-hitters. When he came up with no one on he really turned on a pitch trying to hit it to Dallas. He's going to absolutely thrive in this lineup; he must feel as if he died and went to heaven after the San Diego experience. 
    It was only one game but I certainly agree with others here about Crawford batting third against lefties. Maybe he'll learn from AGon's "go the other way" approach and not look so awful against the lefty slants.
    I didn't think Lester was great by any means but I also don't feel he threw as badly as his pitching line indicates. The three-run dinger came on a good pitch that Napoli golfed off his shoetops; good hitters will do that sometimes. Bard was also ineffective, but the big blow against him was a bloop that hit the chalk in left. That's baseball.
     
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