Importance of Putting Together a Solid Bench

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    Importance of Putting Together a Solid Bench

    The Sox have had different interpretations from different GMs/Managers over the years as to what the bench means and what type of players to utilize from the bench. The part-timers, the non-starters are guys who your hope is to perform when called upon. I always liked the idea of the veteran guys who were once starters but then due to injuries or just age were not capable of being that anymore. To me, a veteran player can come off the bench and deliver and have a mentality to be ready when it's their call. The Sox bench is made up of one guy who sort of fits that bill-Varitek--and then it's McDonald, Lowrie, Aviles, and Drew Sutton/Conor Jackson. McDonald is a .203 hitter with 5 HR, 20 RBI in 155 PA, Aviles is a .333 hitter but with just 2 RBI and no homers in 66 plate appearances, Lowie is batting .255 with 4 HR, 31 RBI in 316 PA, Sutton 60 PA, 0 HR, .315, 7 RBI....Lowrie and McDonald are terrible fielders without question. Aviles is a punch and judy hitter, but a better defensive player. ..... So when injuries happen to Youkilis, to Ortiz, when guys like Crawford and Reddick go into slumps, and when Tito feels he has to mandatory sit Scutaro for "rest" and then do the same to some others, the fact is that the Sox bench is not really all that good. Theo has money at his disposal and I'm guessing there were several veterans that could have been had at trade deadline or waiver wire who would have been itching to help the Sox off the bench for the final few months of the season just to be a part of a winner. 

    This bench really tells me that Theo is relying on his main 9 or 10 to be the team come playoff time. But Tito is a guy who likes to use his whole roster often, and he doesn't have the soldiers to do it. I blame that on Theo, not Tito. 

    The Sox can afford to have a bench with a few stronger power hitters or veteran guys who can take a spot for a few games and run with it. With all the injuries of last season, you'd have thought that Theo understood the need to have a stronger bench. McDonald has been on the roster the whole season and Lowrie has been counted on to be a SS or a backup 3b. I don't see the upside to either player. Once it was established JD Drew was not going to play anymore, there needed to be a right-handed, power hitting OF to be picked up to help the team, even a guy who was a regular starter. Conor Jackson had 4 HR in 368 PA when he was acquired. The Sox have put the pressure on a lefty-hitting Josh Reddick to be a regular in an OF with already 2 lefty hitters entrenched--Crawford and Ellsbury. Aviles is an infielder by trade, not an outfielder and he doesn't hit for power to boot. 

    The Sox bench is just not much offensively speaking. There is no Bill Hall type on the roster. The Sox are stuck with this for the playoffs and rest of season. So when you are beating on Tito for this decision to use a player and that decision to use a field player, remember his choices are limited. It's a top-heavy team of lefthanded hitters and when the team faces a lefty SP, Tito scrambles to put in any right-handed hitter available. It's just that the RH hitters available aren't very good. So we better hope Youkilis gets back, and Pedroia doesn't slump, and that AGON hits like crazy, and that CC, Ortiz and AGON and Reddick hit lefthanded pitchers. When it's the relief time in the 7th, 8th, and 9th every team will bring in the lefty specialist and it will work for them because there is no alternative. 
     
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     You make several really excellent points. My disappointment is that I was waiting for the call-up to bring us much needed help and that doesn't seemed to have happened. Maybe Lavarnay is a future stud but if there is noone better than Lowrie, Darnell McDonald, Conor Jackson, Aviles, and Spears our minor league system isn't what it was hyped to be. The pitching help seems to be even worse---Bowden, Doubront, Morales, Atchison add little to a pen that currently appears to be toast. Outside of Paps, there doesn't appear to be a reliable reliever out of the lot of them. Kind of a sad way to end the season.
     
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    trouts, this is my opinion about the Sox farm system----It sucks.
     
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    The few good ones were put in trades.
     
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    When Ortiz was hurt, Lavarnway actually hit a little in that space, but there was a void there without David. With Youkilis out, it's double the trouble because he's a righty hitter and a fielding regular. You lose the righty hitting and you lose the defense at 3b. The Sox have virtually no bench and those are examples of what happens when just one guy sits out due to injury.
     
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    Bill Hall was a stroke of luck in 2010 as is apparent from his 2011 travels in the NL.

    The issue with this team is its pitching not its bench. And I do not know what aside from misfortune there is to blame.

    The RS came into the year with 5 solid starters (3 considered top flight in Beckett, Letsre, Buch) and two guys capable of spot starting behind them in Wake and Aceves. They piled up relievers even going a route Epstein isn't all that happy with usually in Wheeler and Jenks.

    The rotation at this ppoint is in a shambles even after making a deal for the often hurt (and hurt again Eric Bedard).

    The current issues are all about pitching and starts with the starters, not the position players on the bench.
     
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    fivekatz, the Sox offense has been schitzoid at best in the 2nd half. Lots of AT&T performances, then a 15-run outburst, then back to AT&T.
     
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    This thread is not about pitching, but it is obvious that has been going downward as well.
     
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    In 9 of the last 14 games, the team has scored 4 or less runs. If your pitching is not doing well, you have to have more offense. Six of those games were 2 or less. You can't win scoring 2 runs. 
     
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    No bench, no BP, and now, no SP. Crawford is a disappointment; Youkilis is always hurt and had little impact; Pedroia is slumping.
    Only 4 regulars, Papi, Agon, Scut, and Ells, are providing any offense.
    PO teams are supposed to be strong in September, but our guys look weak and out of sync.
     
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    i agree; it is important that a team's bench be solid.
    if the bench wasn't solid, these wussy players would fall thru the bench and go on the DL.
    they don't need much of an excuse to excuse themselves from playing.
    overpaid bunch of nancy's.
     
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