Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 4/9/2013 8:12 PM EDT
In response to jcri's comment:
Well said. I'm feeling much better after this start, but I still know this team has some weaknesses, including that elusive 3rd big SP.
Well Boom, I was sour and dour before ST, the RS didn't follow my offseason plan. But I know at some point you said well, this is what they've done, it's not that bad, let's support 'em, etc. So I decided to root like I always do, and I have been pleasantly surprised early. However, now don't be upset with Polly, but I am not as optimistic as you about 91-94 wins. I honestly think it will be closer to 85 if our pitchers hold up--but I'm ok with that. I really want us to bring along the young players this year and get them contributing: Will-Da-Beast, Iggy, JBJ, Webster, Taz; if that happens, then I think that will be a good year for us. To use gardening terms, I think we cut out some deadwood with the LA trade or maybe people that just didn't quite fit in here or had used up their goodwill here--people will vary on that-- but this gives the young kids that you always support a chance to come out of the shadows and grow.
I too, had hoped we took another route this winter, but as I have said before, counting the Dodger trade, I like our team better now than before the trade (or if we brought back Beckett, AGon and CC and their contracts).
I'm a bit upset that Iggy will be ousted from the SS job, but I'm not surprised. I'm sure Ben thinks Drew offers a better full package, but I strongly disagree. I was for JBJ starting in AAA for 9 days to gain the extra year and not have to send him down for 20 days at some point later. I love the energy these two kids bring to the 25 man roster, but they may not be around long, sadly.
The Nava story will never get tiring. How can anyone not pull for this darkhorse. (Well, one clown isn't.)
If Papi returns in form, I love the Nava/Gomes offensive platoon in LF, so maybe that can make up for the loss of Bradley's defense and energy building.
It's nice to see Lester, Buch and Ellsbury start quickly. We need these 3 to have big years all at the same time to have a real shot this year... and then more.
Love the 5-2 start. 2 more vs BAL, 4 vs TB, then 3 @ CLE, then home again for 10 games gives us a good chance to get a good lead (3 v KV, 3 v OAK, and 4 v HOU).