Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 3/21/2013 9:36 AM EDT
I would agree with your statement if it was the same team. Unfortunately we were fielding a AAA team for the better part of 2 months to finish the season. sitting the regulars that were healthy in favor of rookies or scrubs.
True, but that was actually the base team from which we had to improve on... a team much worse than the 69 win record indicated. A team with Ellsbury playing on.
I know the injuries to Papi and Middlebrooks hurt badly, but we had a long way to go to get from where we were last year to ring contenders, and we did not close that gap fully. I never expected us to either, but I did expect signings or trades geared towards improving us in 2014, 2015, and hopefully beyond. I don't see any deal that did that after the Dodger trade.
We had one starter who threw the most inning in his career hit a wall and were filling in the 4 & 5 slots with guys like Dice-K (who didnt even cut it in Cleveland) and Aaron Cook. So basically we had no regular 3-5 pitchers.
That is our big area of possible improvement for sure.
Add in the BV factor and all the internal issues which are far removed this year as well.
Sorry, its not nearly the same team this year. You cant really compare the two IMO. Im not saying this team is a WS caliber team, but they are a lot better than some people he will give them credit for. Maybe some are just afraid of getting their hopes up and being let down again, which is understandable.
That's why I prefer to compare our team expectation last March (assuming normal health) to right now. I'm not more confident, and I didn't think we'd win it all last year was the starting point.