A Realistic View at 2013: Part II

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    In response to hill55's comment:

    The SI.com 2013 MLB Experts' Picks mention only one Red Sox player:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20130325/mlb-preview-staff-predictions/



    Yes, FA Flop of the Year:

    Shane Victorino, Red Sox. He's stopped hitting from the left side and has lost a step in the outfield, two huge problems for a guy making $13 million a year.

    Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20130325/mlb-preview-staff-predictions/#ixzz2OxQsvkKe

     
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    Ellsbury should have been traded in a package with some position player prospects in return for some good pitching prospects. Bradley could then be in CF (after April 12). Cherington is still not all in on planning for a run at a ring in 2015.

    I agree and said it long ago. Now, many are seeing the wisdom of that idea as JBJ, the better fielder, may be forced to play LF. 

    Dumb.

     



    There is still hope that the trade will be made in July. And that would be fine too, except that Bradley really should be with the club all year except for the first 12 days.

     



    ,,,and he should be in CF every one of those games.

     
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    In response to hill55's comment:

    The SI.com 2013 MLB Experts' Picks mention only one Red Sox player:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20130325/mlb-preview-staff-predictions/



    More of them picked the Angels than the A's.  

    The Angels have a great lineup but their bullpen is a mess and their closer is an injured and old veteran.  So I see the A's winning the AL West and the Angels winning a wild card berth.  

    Despite trading away Shields, the Rays have a solid starting rotation.  But they will have trouble scoring runs.  So I see the Rays finishing at 86-76 with no playoff berth.  

     

     
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    Last night's report from the fort...

    Very entertaining game as you would expect when teams are battling for the vaunted mayor's cup;)

    Buchholz looked very sharp, fastball, change and breaking balls all with late life and inducing lots of swings and misses or weak ground balls. Hanrahan and Uhera also looked very sharp; Aceves not so much. Ace was behind hitters, gave up a few hits and botvhed a sure double play with a terrible throw into center field.

    The bats came to life a little, led by Ellsbury with a hustle double that led to the first run. He was "going oppo" as the kids on my legion team would say, and he is more effective that way. Gomes hit well and both Ross and Iggy got run-producing hits with two outs.

    It looks like Carp and Nava win the final two spots. I fear that when Ortiz and Drew come back they will supplant Iggy and Bradley Jr. on the roster; I hope I am wrong.

     

     
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    The SI.com 2013 MLB Experts' Picks mention only one Red Sox player:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20130325/mlb-preview-staff-predictions/

     



    More of them picked the Angels than the A's.  

     

    The Angels have a great lineup but their bullpen is a mess and their closer is an injured and old veteran.  So I see the A's winning the AL West and the Angels winning a wild card berth.  

    Despite trading away Shields, the Rays have a solid starting rotation.  But they will have trouble scoring runs.  So I see the Rays finishing at 86-76 with no playoff berth.  

     

     



    People have been saying this about the Rays offense for years, but they keep winning.

     

    They could improve their offense with Longoria staying healthy all year, Jennings improving, Zobrist returning to greatness, Matt Joyce returning to 2010-2011 numbers, and finally some better offense from the SS position. They may also have a little cash to spend at the deadline. Myers may add some spark after June.

    I think Moore and Cobb step up to make it seem like Shields never left.

     
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    Last night's report from the fort...

    Very entertaining game as you would expect when teams are battling for the vaunted mayor's cup;)

    Buchholz looked very sharp, fastball, change and breaking balls all with late life and inducing lots of swings and misses or weak ground balls. Hanrahan and Uhera also looked very sharp; Aceves not so much. Ace was behind hitters, gave up a few hits and botvhed a sure double play with a terrible throw into center field.

    The bats came to life a little, led by Ellsbury with a hustle double that led to the first run. He was "going oppo" as the kids on my legion team would say, and he is more effective that way. Gomes hit well and both Ross and Iggy got run-producing hits with two outs.

    It looks like Carp and Nava win the final two spots. I fear that when Ortiz and Drew come back they will supplant Iggy and Bradley Jr. on the roster; I hope I am wrong.

     



    When Drew returns it's a 100% sure Iggy goes down, unless Pedro is hurt.

    When Papi returns, JBJ gets his 20 days in AAA, and then the big decision has to be made. By then, maybe an OF'er is hurt or struggling, or we send Nava down. 

     
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    Still one game left tomorrow, but here is my spring training review, broken down by position and by player.

    Starting Pitching...The rotation appears set with Lester, Buchholz, Dempster, Doubront and Lackey in that order. For the time being Aceves is the long man/spot starter, but I believe that if a starter is needed for more than one start that Webster would be called up. Here's how I break them down...

    Lester..he was lights out this spring! He's throwing harder, working faster, ignoring umpires, throwing downhill and throwing fewer cutters. Grade A+ for the spring! 15-20 wins is not out of the question.

    Buchholz...not very far behind Lester. Great stats but more important than the stats is the swagger he shows on the mound. He used to slow the game to a crawl with runners on, but not this spring. He has always had electric stuff, going back to his no-no, but he seems to be growing consistent. Another A+ for the spring and Cy Young potential.

    Dempster...will not blow anyone away with velocity or sfuff. What he will do is pound the strike zone, pitch to contact, and pile up innings. On a team that may boast the top pen in the league, a solid six-inning guy who will pile up quality starts can easily win 12-15 games.

    Doubront... has swing and miss stuff but a bigger belly than me. And he nibbles, nibbles! He is an inigma since he has great stuff and has yet to make serious MLB money, yet he is potentially costing himself millions with poor conditioning and lapses of concentration on the mound. The inigma could win 12-15 games or he could be out of the rotation by mid-year.

    Lackey...could be the talk of the season (once the Bradley hype subsides) as he looks great, is throwing in the low 90's, pounding the strike zone and pitching to contact. He will give up hits but the team may turn more double plays behind him that any other starter. As long as he doesn't run into any health issues, or the dead arm recovery period, he should be a double-digit winner. He will also benefit from pitching against other teams' fifth starter early in the season.

    Aceves...I'm already on record as saying he should have been booted last year, so I'm obviously not a fan. He has good stuff but is a Jeckyl/Hyde character.His best role is the one he's in, but he may not believe that, nor be happy with it. So another explosion could be imminent.

    Webster...this guy is the real deal. He will win important games for this team this year and going forward will be a mainstay in the rotation. Good velocity, lots of downward tilt on his pitches and exceptional control for a young guy. Needs innings at AAA to work on consistency, but he is very impressive.

    Others...Wright was terrible, haven't seen Morales, De La Rosa started out great but struggled late, Doyle and others are AAA pitchers at best. Never saw Barnes, Renaudo or Owens, but heard great things about each.

    Overall the weakest part of the team last year could be the team's second greatest strength, behind the pen. I wouldn't be shocked if by mid season Lackey was the three and Dempster the five, nor would I be shocked to see Doubront either excel or implode. I will be surprised if Lester and Buchholz don't win at least 30 games between them. I think the combination of Ross, Salty, Nieves and Farrell, in no particular order, have brought this group back to the respectability they should garner. I will also add that a much better defense, a healthy Ells over the hodge-podge of CF's last year, Iggy over Aviles, a healthy Pedroia for 155 games, a healthy Middlebrooks for 150 games, Victorino and Bradley over the collection of outfielders from last year, and finally an improved Salty and the great addition of Ross all will allow our pitchers to pitch with much greater confidence and throw fewer pitches per inning.

    Relievers next.

     

     
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    Lester..he was lights out this spring! He's throwing harder, working faster, ignoring umpires, throwing downhill and throwing fewer cutters. Grade A+ for the spring! 15-20 wins is not out of the question.

    Great job, jid. Lot's of good stuff here.

    I read on fangraphs once that there is next to no examples of a SP who lost velocity without an injury to regain it. Is Lester a freak?

     

    Buchholz...not very far behind Lester. Great stats but more important than the stats is the swagger he shows on the mound. He used to slow the game to a crawl with runners on, but not this spring. He has always had electric stuff, going back to his no-no, but he seems to be growing consistent. Another A+ for the spring and Cy Young potential.

    I love Buch and think he can be Cy Young material if he can get 32 healthy starts. 

     

    Dempster...will not blow anyone away with velocity or sfuff. What he will do is pound the strike zone, pitch to contact, and pile up innings. On a team that may boast the top pen in the league, a solid six-inning guy who will pile up quality starts can easily win 12-15 games.

    I'm not that optimistic here, but he has the numbers to give us strong hope.

     

    Doubront... has swing and miss stuff but a bigger belly than me. And he nibbles, nibbles! He is an inigma since he has great stuff and has yet to make serious MLB money, yet he is potentially costing himself millions with poor conditioning and lapses of concentration on the mound. The inigma could win 12-15 games or he could be out of the rotation by mid-year.

    He irked me back in 2011 when the 5th slot was his to lose, and he came to camp out of shape then languished in rehab for months. Now this. I'm sorry; I know he has nasty stuff, but I'd have traded him before he exposes the character flaw.

     

    Lackey...could be the talk of the season (once the Bradley hype subsides) as he looks great, is throwing in the low 90's, pounding the strike zone and pitching to contact. He will give up hits but the team may turn more double plays behind him that any other starter. As long as he doesn't run into any health issues, or the dead arm recovery period, he should be a double-digit winner. He will also benefit from pitching against other teams' fifth starter early in the season.

    Good point. I'm pulling hard for John. He could win Comeback Player of the Year due to such a low low  point to come back from.

     

    Aceves...I'm already on record as saying he should have been booted last year, so I'm obviously not a fan. He has good stuff but is a Jeckyl/Hyde character.His best role is the one he's in, but he may not believe that, nor be happy with it. So another explosion could be imminent.

    He's maybe the best long-mid relief guy in MLB over the last 2-4 years.

     

    Webster...this guy is the real deal. He will win important games for this team this year and going forward will be a mainstay in the rotation. Good velocity, lots of downward tilt on his pitches and exceptional control for a young guy. Needs innings at AAA to work on consistency, but he is very impressive.

    When others were talking up DLR, I kept saying we shouldn't forget Web. This guy can pitch!

     

    Others...Wright was terrible, haven't seen Morales, De La Rosa started out great but struggled late, Doyle and others are AAA pitchers at best. Never saw Barnes, Renaudo or Owens, but heard great things about each.

     

    Overall the weakest part of the team last year could be the team's second greatest strength, behind the pen. I wouldn't be shocked if by mid season Lackey was the three and Dempster the five, nor would I be shocked to see Doubront either excel or implode. I will be surprised if Lester and Buchholz don't win at least 30 games between them. I think the combination of Ross, Salty, Nieves and Farrell, in no particular order, have brought this group back to the respectability they should garner. I will also add that a much better defense, a healthy Ells over the hodge-podge of CF's last year, Iggy over Aviles, a healthy Pedroia for 155 games, a healthy Middlebrooks for 150 games, Victorino and Bradley over the collection of outfielders from last year, and finally an improved Salty and the great addition of Ross all will allow our pitchers to pitch with much greater confidence and throw fewer pitches per inning.

    That and a real SS at SS, a much improved OF defense, and a healthy Middlebrooks at 3B should improve the staff even if they pitch just like 2012.

     
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    The bullpen is clearly the strength of the team. I know that historically relievers' stats are hard to predict, but this group are akll hard throwers, with the exception of Mortensen, all throw strikes and challenge hitters. One by one...

    Hanrahan... started slowly but turned on a switch half-way through st and has been lights out since. Post beard he has been close to perfect with a lot more fastballs around 94-95 and fewer breaking balls. His fastball has lots of late life as it explodes on hitters like Paps in his day.

    Bailey...I didn't like the way he threw last year after he returned from the DL and I felt the same way for the first few weeks of ST But he too turned on the switch and has been very effective lately.  I still think he throws too much from the side, not over the top enough for my taste, but he does hit 95 on the gun consistently but his breaking stuff can flatten out with his 3/4 ddelivery.

    Miller...It looks as if he has resigned himself to being a reliever and looks very confortable in the role. He has a swagger, great velocity and the ball coming out of his hand from 55 feet away instead of 60 makes him very effective. Can do a lot more than be the lefty on lefty guy.

    Tazawa...he may have the most versatile stuff of anyone in the pen. I am still of the opinion that he has enough pitches to be a starter and would love to see him stretched out at some point, but I also wouldn't be surprised to see him be a closer if Hanrahan seeks the mother lode in free agency. He has great presence and seems unflappable and unafraind to throw any pitch in any situation.

    Uhera...what a great addition he could be! He throws very hard ( it must be strange for hitters to look out at these two fairly small Japanese and have the ball get to you as fast as it does), has a nasty slider, and pounds the strike zone. I don't believe he's given up a run yet this spring.

    Mortenson...The soft-tosser in the bunch, he has a great change but his fastball is very pedestrian. He has great control and can pitch multiple innings. He'll probably be the guy Farrell goes to when they are behind.

    Aceves..see above post about starters. He is best as the long reliever able to give multiple innings. Great stuff, but a knucklehead. Hopefully the coaching staff and the peer pressure can keep him in line, but I wouldn't be surprised by anything this guy does or doesn't do.

    More on the others later. 

     
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    great analysis Jid! you'd give the guys at the globe a run for their money!

     
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    Other relievers continued...

    Perhaps the second biggest disappointment of the spring (clearly Ortiz is number one) is Daniel Bard. He looks totally lost, unable to throw strikes and not trusting his stuff. The demotion to AA speaks volumes as to how far he's fallen. Having said that, not many of the other minor leaguers or invitees did much to distinguish themselves. In fact, if you look at the overall spring training record most of the losses and most of the earned runs were allowed by this group. Rubby started very well but got shelled in later outings. Drake Britton got hammered in more ways than one and may have endangered his career with a DUI. Breslow and Morales never seeing the mound was a frustration and disappointment as before the year is over we are likely to need one or both, if not to perform then at least as trade bait. But it would be nice to have more than just Miller as a LH option. Of the minor leaguers or invitees Alex Wilson and Anthony Carter had shining moments as did Chris Hernandez, a soft-tossing lefty starter at AAA last year. All three also had moments when they got lit up as well. As good as our pen appears we have little "deep depth" without the two lefties, Morales and Breslow and with an ineffective Bard.

     
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    Moon, I'm of the opinion that Lester's loss of velocity was a combination of mechanics and an over-reliance on his cutter. He's been consistently able to hit 92-94 if you can believe the Jet Blue gun. I have also got to tell you that I have gotten up close to him, shaken his hand actually, and I can tell you that he is one very large, very strong dude! He's listed at 6'4" and 240 and he is all of that. Not sure how hard or cut he was last year, but he is both right now. I saw him in shorts and a tee shirt (in fact we were both dressed the same) and you could tell he was in great shape! I mean we were both were;)

     
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    Moon, I'm of the opinion that Lester's loss of velocity was a combination of mechanics and an over-reliance on his cutter. He's been consistently able to hit 92-94 if you can believe the Jet Blue gun.




    i believe the same thing. not only did he lose velocity but his command was spotty. that points to either injury or a mechanical issue. and since it's pretty clear he is not hurt it must have been a mechanics thing (which Farrell elluded to last season). Good to hear and see that he's tweaked them to regain his old pitching style. As well as toning down his use of the cutter.. it seemed that's all he (and beckett) threw last year

     
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    I was reading an article about Andrelton Simmons yesterday, as he was very impressive in the WBC for the Netherlands and it seems that this guy might be the next top SS in the game. Of particular note is that he can throw a 98 mph fastball and was originally drafted as a pitcher. Tremendous fielder. Here is the deal though. They said that last year he had the highest UZR/150 of any mlb level SS who played over 400 innings in the history of that stat being collected ( 11 years ). And he was around 33.4 with a DRS of 19 runs saved in 424 innings. Absolutely incredible.

    But dig this. Last year Iglesias was at a plus 46.5 in 193 innings with 7 runs saved. It's a very small sample size but Iglesias was off the charts great defensively right from the get go.

    I would trade 2 Iglesias's for one Simmons in a heartbeat as Simmons might be the most valuable prospect in baseball this year but Iglesias clearly is still very special. If he hits at all or can even get on base 30% of the time he should be playing.

     

     

     
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    Relevent to nothing on here, but what a great time to be in Fort Myers. FGCU fever has gripped the area; that's all you hear about! What's a Red Sox?

     
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    I was reading an article about Andrelton Simmons yesterday, as he was very impressive in the WBC for the Netherlands and it seems that this guy might be the next top SS in the game. Of particular note is that he can throw a 98 mph fastball and was originally drafted as a pitcher. Tremendous fielder. Here is the deal though. They said that last year he had the highest UZR/150 of any mlb level SS who played over 400 innings in the history of that stat being collected ( 11 years ). And he was around 33.4 with a DRS of 19 runs saved in 424 innings. Absolutely incredible.

    But dig this. Last year Iglesias was at a plus 46.5 in 193 innings with 7 runs saved. It's a very small sample size but Iglesias was off the charts great defensively right from the get go.

    I would trade 2 Iglesias's for one Simmons in a heartbeat as Simmons might be the most valuable prospect in baseball this year but Iglesias clearly is still very special. If he hits at all or can even get on base 30% of the time he should be playing.

     

     



    I'm never one to judge by small sample sizes, but it's good to see the numbers support my position that Iggy is something special in the field. Maybe we've gone so long without a great ranged SS, that some forgot what a difference make it can be.

     
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    Alex Wilson is a good depth option I think, Jose de La Torre looked pretty good in the WBC as well.

     
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    Alex Wilson is a good depth option I think, Jose de La Torre looked pretty good in the WBC as well.




    and with Morales and Breslow coming back from injuries bullpen depth is good, and for a change rotation not bad either when you consider that Aceves or Morales could provide depth [with depth of bullpen easy to put one of these guys in rotation] and Webster / De La Rosa / or even Barnes at end of year if he pitches well this year. Much better position going into this year than last.

     
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    All due respect, but I think moonslav is overstating how many plays Iglesias will make--specfically, 1 or 2 per game--that ordinary shortshops like Drew would not make. 

    No, I said it "seemed like" opposing SSs were making 1-2 more plays per game than our SS could make. Then, I said the number is more like 120+ per season, which is about 0.75 per game.

    I do not think it is an exaggeration at all. Every year the same SSs make 80-130 more plays than other SSs with about the same innings at SS. I am not certain that Iggy is as great as I have heard he is and as I have seen in a small sample size, but nobody has ever denied his great range. The issue seems to be my projection of Drew as a below average-ranged SS or "average at best" as I have called him. I admit I may be wrong here as I was with Aviles last year.

    Again this is very subjective and using #'s that really aren't comparable. If a team like the Yankees or Giants that has a low team ERA and many more K's than say teams like the Rockies or Twins which fielder is going to get a ton more chances? Just because you get more chances doesn't make you a better fielder.

     

    If he is right, the Sox would not even have bothered to get Drew in the offseason.   

    That's assuming Ben assumes I am right. He could be wrong.  I don't think Theo or Ben values great SS range as much as I do. I am not pretending to know more than them or anyone else, but it is my opinion, and I have some facts and data to back it up.

    SS should be valued for everything they do on the field not just fielding should be a combination of all fielding / hitting / running / power /etc.. runs saved vs runs produced

     

     If you add the criterion that the exceptional play also saves a run, I think a more realistic number would be no more than 1 or 2 plays a week.  I still prefer Iglesias over Drew because to me as a fan great defense is more fun to watch.  Plus I do agree the pitchers like to know they are being backed up by a superb SS.   Plus it's always great to see a young player come up thru the system. 

    So, if we assume 1.5 plays per week, that would make it about 40 plays over 162 games. If you added 40 singles to Iggy's offense, it would convert his BA over 500 PAs from this to that:

    .200 to .280

    .220 to .300

    .240 to .320

    .260 to .340

    .275 to .355

    His OBP could go up from...

    .260 to .340

    .270 to .350

    .280 to .360

    .290 to .370

    .300 to .380

    His SLG% also goes up, making his OPS very close if not better than Drew's projected OPS, even with your conservative defensive differential number.

    I'd like you and others to watch Iggy closely as he starts for the first few games, and ask yourself, "would Aviles, Scutaro, or Lowrie have made that play?" Count how many you see per game, and let's compare notes after Drew returns.

    Like I said, I did this last season with Aviles and stopped counting after April. Mike was much better ranged than I thought he was. I hope Drew is as well.

    But this also assumes that Drew never makes a great play so his numbers aren't bumped as well, because he never makes a play that saves a run? Also Drew has had yr's where he has had 76 XBH's in a season Iggy has a total of 38 XBH"s for 3 minor league seasons COMBINED, the total bases alone for [1] season is ubsurd. In Drew best season @ MLB he had a total of 394 Total Bases, Iggy's best season in the minors is 124 Total Bases . So how many more runs has Drew produced with his Offense vs how many runs will Iggy save with his Defense? Almost 300 Total Bases more for Drew over 162 games is a lot of runs produced! This is why Iggy must improve his Offense, if this were the 03 or 04 teams we could live w/ a good field no hit SS, IMO not on this team we need some production from SS

     




     

     
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    Alex Wilson is a good depth option I think, Jose de La Torre looked pretty good in the WBC as well.

     




     

    and with Morales and Breslow coming back from injuries bullpen depth is good, and for a change rotation not bad either when you consider that Aceves or Morales could provide depth [with depth of bullpen easy to put one of these guys in rotation] and Webster / De La Rosa / or even Barnes at end of year if he pitches well this year. Much better position going into this year than last.



    Our pen certainly could be the strongest in years.  It's also great to finally have some good young SP's and positional players waiting in the wings.  I just wish we still had Gonzo at 1B, or at least a more capable glove than Nap.  Our infield defense should be interesting to watch this season.

     
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    Alex Wilson is a good depth option I think, Jose de La Torre looked pretty good in the WBC as well.

     




     

    and with Morales and Breslow coming back from injuries bullpen depth is good, and for a change rotation not bad either when you consider that Aceves or Morales could provide depth [with depth of bullpen easy to put one of these guys in rotation] and Webster / De La Rosa / or even Barnes at end of year if he pitches well this year. Much better position going into this year than last.

     



    Our pen certainly could be the strongest in years.  It's also great to finally have some good young SP's and positional players waiting in the wings.  I just wish we still had Gonzo at 1B, or at least a more capable glove than Nap.  Our infield defense should be interesting to watch this season.

     



    I think Napoli will be a pleasant surprise with the glove at first. Not a lot of range, but pretty good hands. The only plays I've seen him struggle with are pop-ups over his head. He dropped one the other day and Pedroia quickly told him that he would get them in the future. Catching the ball from infielders is not as difficult as catching the ball from pitchers, and the glove is more efficient.

     
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    Alex Wilson is a good depth option I think, Jose de La Torre looked pretty good in the WBC as well.



    Carnie, my reference to not having "deep depth" is in the short term, without Breslow and Morales. I am also hearing and reading lots of noise about dealing either Aceves or Bailey, and we don't have the depth to do that right now. As good as Wilson and de La Torre have looked at times, there is nothing in their history that says they are ready for prime time just yet.

     
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    Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II

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    Moon, I'm of the opinion that Lester's loss of velocity was a combination of mechanics and an over-reliance on his cutter. He's been consistently able to hit 92-94 if you can believe the Jet Blue gun. I have also got to tell you that I have gotten up close to him, shaken his hand actually, and I can tell you that he is one very large, very strong dude! He's listed at 6'4" and 240 and he is all of that. Not sure how hard or cut he was last year, but he is both right now. I saw him in shorts and a tee shirt (in fact we were both dressed the same) and you could tell he was in great shape! I mean we were both were;)




    From behind, there is no doubt in my mind that people would have a difficult time distinguishing between the both of you...LOL....side view?...perhaps a different story..:)

    I made the point on a different thread about the evolution of size of pitchers today.  Yes, there were exceptions like Ford, Martinez, Koufax et.al., but overall, the guys today are monsters! I think they have to be for the grind of the season.

    I swear Jid, your 'articles' are so good they really should be published somewhere.  It's been really great.

    It surprises me about Breslow.  I haden't read, but I was under the impression that he really didn't do anything in the offseason to hurt himself.  I wonder what happened?

     
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    Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II

    In response to jidgef's comment:

    Relevent to nothing on here, but what a great time to be in Fort Myers. FGCU fever has gripped the area; that's all you hear about! What's a Red Sox?




    Excuse my ignorance...FGCU?

     
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