Re: ESPN Reporting Dumpster deal done
posted at 12/14/2012 6:20 AM EST
In response to BannedOnTheRun-1918's comment:
In response to rkarp's comment:
In response to Flapjack07's comment:
I found these few lines from one of Peter Abraham's posts interesting...
"Now comes the issue of how will Dempster do in the American League?
The feeling is Dempster will have more problems against good American League lineups.
"The Red Sox are aware of this, and will certainly try to manage who he pitches against if possible," one National League general manager said."
...kind of indicates to me that the opinion that Dempster is not a good fit isn't just BDC forum gloom and doom. I guess these days $26.5 million gets you a pitcher you're afraid to have face your tougher opponents...
Didnt the "experts" say the same thing about Kuroda last year?
Kuroda's lifetime ERA is almost a full run lower than dempster's.
Plus we got a glimpse of dempster vs the AL last year and it wasn't pretty
Kuroda pitched 4 years in the NL West and the ERA plus in those parks is more than that full run lower than at Wrigley where Dempster pitched for 9 years.
Dempster threw 2 stinker games for Texas, but then reeled off 6 gems with a very good K9 rate. One could argue that the AL west was a tougher division to pitch in last year over the AL East.
I am not saying that Dempster is the equal to signing Greinke, but I am saying he can slide into that 3/4 slot, and assuming health will give the Sox 200 innings, keep them in most every game, and is capable for 12-15 wins if this bullpen turns out as good as it looks on paper.
No one is saying that the Sox don't have another pitching move on the agenda( I hope it is a trade, not free agent signing) but if this is how the staff will look on opening day, the key will be Lester and Buch getting to 18 wins each, and Lackey and Dempster pitching 180-200 innings each and 13-15 wins each. Farrell needs to manage Doubront, Morales and DeLaRosa on the back end to the next progression level.
If Pedroia, Ortiz and Ellsbury can stay healthy and put up all star numbers, Middlebrooks continues last years progression, and Napoli and Gomes have an average year, I can see this team competing. I don't see anyone in the AL East running away from the pack.