Re: And the magic number is ....
posted at 4/6/2013 9:51 AM EDT
Excellent OP, including the "hehe."
I think the magic number is 25, the number on the active roster.
For years I always thought 25 was a lot of guys to cover just 9 positions, especially when 9 of them normally play every day. But you have to cut that number in half because most managers want and get 12 guys to cover one position which in the AL doesn't even come to bat.
That's 5 starters and 7 relievers, and normally all of them get used a lot. All 7 relievers--Hanrahan (2 saves), Bailey, Uehara, Tazawa, Aceves, Miller, and Mortensen-- have already pitched, and 4--Lester, Buchholz, Dempster, and Doubront-- of the 5 starters have.
Of the remaining 13 position players, 12 have played and contributed--Gomes, Saltalamacchia, Ross, Nava, Napoli, Pedroia, Iglesias, Ciriaco, Middlebrooks, Bradley, Ellsbury, and Victorino.
Lackey starts today, and Carp continues to be brilliant in reserve, thrilled to just be on the team.
The team ERA of 3.60 is respectable, right in the middle (7th) of the AL. The hitting, OPS, is 2d in the AL at .811 and definitely a surprise. Runs scored, 23, also 2d in the AL.
Is it possible Ben Cherington knows what he is doing?
Nah. We have softy's daily reminders Ben C is incompetent. Ditto, it turns out, for John Farrell, who makes at least two egregious managerial errors in every game, or so Softy assures us. The Sox are winning, he says, because of Iglesias and Bradley and only because of those two. When and if they go to Pawtucket, the wheels will come off.