Re: A Realistic View at 2014: Part II
posted at 3/19/2014 8:03 PM EDT
In response to garyhow's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
Personally I have a fundamental disagreement with dgalehouse that you have to improve every offseason. It's an impossibility, to begin with. You can't keep getting better. It's a zero sum game.
Last year was virtually a perfect season. We won 97 games, won the division comfortably, won the playoff series 3-1, 4-2 and 4-2. We didn't lose more than 3 in a row once throughout it all. That is running the table.
I think the goal is to try and improve yourself on paper every year or at least stay even.
I think an argument can be made that we did stay even and certainly look better this spring than we did last spring.
Add Mujica, Badenhop and a full season from Peavy, Miller & Buch.
Add AJ P, Bogey, JBJ, Herrera, and a full season from Middy & Ross.
Take away Ellsbury, Drew, Ellsbury, Ciriaco, Iggy and some upcoming injuries.
On paper, I think we stayed about even.
The real question is can everything go right 2 yrs in a row? 2013 was a magical ride. Is there a chance that RS could be better than last yr of course but much would have to happen.
1. All the guys who had bounce back yrs and came back from inuries would have to continue to play the way they did last yr.
2. The young guns all come in and play well. WMB becomes that power hitting corner infielder that this lineup needs. Bogey plays above avg defense, and starts to show everyone why so many have predicted greatness. JBJ or Sizemore become an adequate replacement for Ells.
3. The few guys who were not healthy or at there best last yr get better. Can Buch make 30 starts which if he does probably in the CY talk. Lester continues to pitch like he did in playoffs. Koji continues to close door at end of games. Bullpen becomes as good as it looks on paper.
Most of these things could happen, but so could losing 3/5 of the rotation like we did a couple of yrs ago happen again and young guys don't pitch well in their place. I'm optimistic but repeating is REALLY DIFFICULT!
It will not be any easier. However...
We did win last year with lots of missed time by Buch, Miller and Middy.
We won with our third string closer.
We won with a .787 OPS from Pedey.
We won without Gomes hitting lefties like we hoped.