Re: As the Sun Sets on another Sox Season
posted at 5/16/2013 12:51 PM EDT
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
PG..What did you think of my assesment that I wrote above on this page? I think its pretty realistic with numbers to back it up.
Here is what you wrote:
We have a solid 1-2 and so far we have a very dependable #3. Dempster has done very well despite the record. lack of run support has killed him. I have little faith in our #4 and #5 though. I disagree that our pitching is even close to as terrible as it was last year. Im not sure how you can say that when all the numbers discredit your opinion.
W-L 13-4 24 starts, just under a 3 ERA 159.1 IP (6.2avg) 113H 47ER 166K 1.05 WHIP batter have a .200BA against them. ( record could easily be 15-2 with some runs support in 2 Demp starts)
I agree about Lester and Buchholtz. They seem to be pitching well so far. Much depends on if they can stay healthy. Bucky in particular has a history of getting hurt. If they can stay healthy all year (a tall order) it would certainly help our cause. Dempster I am not sold on yet. I do not trust him. I think he is going to implode as the season progresses.
W-L 4-5 5.20 ERA 11 starts 59IP ( just under 5.1 IP per start) 74H 35ER 62K 1.62 WHIP batters hitting .300 against them, (Doubront could easily be 1-3 if not for good run support)
You have to admit, Doubront and Lackey have stunk so far. And who is behind them for "depth"? These two have to really pick up their game for us to have any chance at the playoffs.
As of late, offensively we havent had the timely hits needed to win. Simple as that. Ebbs and flows of a long year. Too many K's as well. Injuries to the pen have made that look worse than it really is.
Thats what the 1st 3 months are for in a season. Identifying your needs and then changing what needs to change. They have the $$, depth and prospects if they need to make a move. Im not going to panic though just because of a bad 2 weeks filled with injuries and a couple sub par performances.
Good pitching by our opponents has prevented us from getting timely hits until tonight. Yes, the K's are a problem. Who do YOU see as striking out less? And the injuries are part of the game. I am never going to use injuries as an excuse. Look at the roster: WMB is has not proven himself yet; Ellsbury is having an off year; Gomes and Carp and Ciriaco are not good players. There are too many gaps to fill in during one season. Its a two or three season job IMO.
I think WMB is young and still adjusting. Over the last couple games he seems to be taking a new approack, which has resulted in a 2b and a HR, along with making better contact altogether. I thiunk he will always have his share of K's, but should cut down a bit if he stays with this approach. naps K's a lot, but its to be expected with a power bat. Gets fooled a lot I notice.
I wasnt using injuries as an excuse, although it might have appeared that way. Just stating what has happedned and that we need to compensate for those injuries. It is hard though when 2 closeres go down since its a very specific mindset.
I think Carp has done what he needs to as a bench guy and Im hoping if Gomes can get more regular playing time he can get his timing down. his playing time has been erratic at best so far this year. Ciriaco is a waste of a roster spot IMO.
Have to wait and see on Dempster. So far so good though IMO. We'll check back on him in July.
Like I said though, the first 3 months are to evaluate and then make the necessary moves needed.