Re: Fireman/Softy time to own this
posted at 10/21/2013 4:10 PM EDT
In response to 67redsox's comment:
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i thought we had a good shot until i saw their starting pitching...and the old saying is that pitching wins titles...well it didnt (unless you count our relief pitching)
ive never seen a team lose a series like Tigers where their starters were so dominant and got beat like they did...weird but not shocking given this team of sox players
Where you failed here Geo is that you just bought all the hype there was to buy, and didn't pay attention to what was actually happening. Yeah, the Tigers starters are the best rotation in baseball. But funny thing: the Red Sox won the most games in the AL this year because, believe it or not, their starting pitching is pretty darn good too. Yeah, Buchholz got bailed out by the Sox Grand Slam Magic and the decidedly weak Detroit pen. But Jon Lester gave 2 hoss starts, Lackey outdueled the Unbeatable Best Pitcher Ever Might Has Well Be Koufax Justin Verlander.
Pitching does win titles. The Sox pitching was great this series.
And too add, the Sox were a more complete team.
Better bullpen, which is part of pitching.
The Sox had strong advantages in all these categories.
No team had any significant advantage with the lineups.
So Tigers' had an advantage in starting pitching, but not a significant one. Certainly Boston's was underrated. Buchholz didn't go deep in Game 6, but he still was lights out for five innings. Lester, Lackey and Buchholz all did enough to give Boston the chance for its other advantages to make a difference.
That's how I see it too. The sox won a lot of series, not a lot of sweeps because, in my opinion, they are a well balanced team. They don't rely on one aspect like pitching or hitting to win games.
Compare the base running of the sox to the tigers. That fielder thing was a mess.
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