Good morning to my good Red Sox friends.
Remember your motto: If you can't argue based on the facts, try to change the subject. You believe in the Art of Obfuscation.
Let's separate fact from fiction.
LOL. Keep dreaming.
Ben's acquisitions during the off season are retreads; players whose best seasons are just a memory.
Shane Victorino left Wednesday's 6-5 Red Sox win over the Athletics after the sixth inning with a sore lower back, the same injury that caused him to miss two games over the weekend. Victorino is injury-prone, and, as he ages, he's likely to break down more. So, Ben's investment in the aging outfielder for three-year, $39 million was not wise.
Stephen Drew( BA=.128)-upgrade over Jose Iglesias-hardly!
Jonny Gomes(.BA =.188) signed to a two-year, $10 million deal
How much did he earn from Oakland in 2012? $1 million
Age=32 Role=platoon player and he is a bad defender.
Will Middlebrooks= BA=.165
Jarrod Saltalamacchia= BA= .218
Your closer, Hanrahan, is on the DL. And was not pitching like a dominant closer before he went on the DL.
Miller (ERA=6.23) is inconsistent with control issues.
Your 6th starter, Aceves, was optioned to Triple-A.
Jon Lester once again sparred with two different home-plate umpires yesterday when he felt he was being squeezed. Sounds like 2012 again.
Clay Buchholz never pitched over 200 innings. How durable is he?
Dempster failed in Texas last year. Ben’s big addition is a mid 30s finesse NL pitcher; a bottom of the rotation addition.
Doubront is inconsistent and an end of the rotation starter.
And Lackey is a total mystery.
This team doesn’t have the big power bats of the 1st decade of the 21st century, nor the great starting pitching.
Ben did not build a playoff team.