Re: Assignment or Mission Impossible?
posted at 9/28/2011 5:53 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Assignment or Mission Impossible?
[QUOTE]The Sox have enough all*stars on their team to absorb said injuries, most teams only dream of that luxury. Imagine having Dice-K out and Bucholz on the DL and still having Lackey, Beckett, Wakefield, and Lester on your staff. Imagine having Youk out for the season and Ortiz and Drew unable to play and still being able to field Perdroia, Crawford, AGon, and Ellesbury. Sorry guys but the behemoth team you call the Red Sox have a roster full of players that most teams can only afford to have a fraction of - there are no injury excuses .
Posted by BurritoT[/QUOTE]
A wise man once told me that there is a difference between reasons and excuses. Reasons are valid explanations as to a situation going bad. Excuses are just a weak attempt to get by the issue at hand.
Certainly there is a luxury of personnel ... but not really over rmuch so. But when one loses the CALIBRE of the player(s) involved it begs for reason not excuse. For instance, losing Dice-K for the season was a blow, but on this board alone the value might have been considered less than earth shaking. Compound that loss with the loss of a 1A Ace like Clay, whose value was considered universally higher than Dice-K ... and all of a sudden a dent becomes a hole.
Youk was less than 100% all season ... One cannot really think that the loss of a healthy Youk wouldn't have had dire effect. Throw in the injuries to his mate to his left, Lowerie, and the hitting suffers and the fielding suffers. So does your bench strength ...
These are not injuries that stand alone, my friend, but compound the situation. Poorer fielding, even as the Golden Gloves are absent or limited by injury .... and all of a sudden the balls stopped by leather are being missed and the third out turns into a two out rally, over and over, and a a bad pattern starts to develop ...
It is bewildring why the pitching cannot keep other teams down right now ...