Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 5/13/2013 3:15 PM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to craze4sox's comment:
The kicker is, none of those teams other than maybe the Orioles have more talent, but they are getting timely hits.
We have two good pitchers but could use a third badly as we have all discussed. Ells needs to learn how to go to the opposite field more and bunt his way on because he's simply not a great leadoff guy. We have way too many SO's as a team and are beginniing to drop defensively. I also think we made a bad move signing Gomes but could easily make a couple moves to improve some of these areas and still end up at the top of the division.
That's Ben's call, is he content until kids like Bradley, Bogy and Iggy are ready? Or can/will he find ways to improve the present club to compete all season?
Actually, many here felt Dempster was that guy. A few others thought lackey and/or Doubront was that guy. One clown thought we didn't need anyone, but just needed to "focus on our pitchers in the minors more".
For years, my position has been to always try and rebuild the staff from the 1-3 slots, not the 3-5 slots. Realistically, it just can't happen every year, but our last 2 attempts have been Lackey and Dempster. (Before that? Beckett and Schill)
If I remember correctly moon you and I were both against the Dempster signing but he can still end up being a much better aquisition than Lackey. I think we may want to re-think our strategy a bit if things continue the same way. We have a pretty good idea guys like Doubront, Bard, Miller and Aceves may not be the answer, while Lackey may still be the same inconsistent guy as well. I know you are a Tazawa fan but I don't see him as a SP or closer either. I also love our young SP's on the farm but they could end up like Casey Kelly and Hansen. Even if they do make it theres no telling how long before they might make a real impact on a consistent basis. Thats just the starting rotation, what about our young positional players like Iggy, Bradley, Bogy and especially Middy who has to be a concern to some extent.
Financially, if we just want to put a competitive "but not great" club on the field each year we should stay away from top FA's and continue on the present course. I'm not sure we will ever win another championship without a couple more nice additions like Victorino has been so far.
There is still a long way to go this season but I think we have a much better idea of our needs moving forward.