Re: Injury stats--most since 1987--Peter Abraham
posted at 8/4/2012 8:09 PM EDT
Sometimes it's "who" is injured and not "how many" or "how many times."
The bulk of the "man games lost to injury" for the Red Sox is to outfielders. Yet the outfield defense and team offense are surprisingly unaffected by the loss of some "so called key players."
With all due respect, we've had injuries in the OF, then injuries to the replacement OF'ers, and then injuries to the replacements of the replacements.
We've used 16 different OF'ers.
Our leading OF'ers were supposed to be Ellsbury, Crawford, Sweeney and Ross.
Here's what we got (innings):
1) Ross 581
2) Nava 483
3) Swee 467
4) Byrd 256
5) Ellsb 227
6) DMac 215
7) Kalish 158
8) Pods 138
9) AGon 127
6 others 96
While we have done better in LF and RF than last year by OPS, the drop off in CF has been large.
2011: .316 34 112 (.918 OPS)
2012: .249 5 33 (.623)
2011: .272 64 245 (.772)
2012: .258 29 143 (.724)
What has been the major problem is the "Big 3" starters ( Lester, Beckett and Buchholz) who have had long stretches of ineffective pitching. While two high priced starters ( Matsuzaka and Lackey) remain on the DL, it can be argued that the pitchers who have taken their spots have been at least as effective if not actually better.
Yes, and much better than Weiland, Miller and others as well.
Buch has been hurt, and Beckett a little here and there too.
We also lost our closer for the whole year so far, and we were forced to take Aceves out of a slot he did well in to try and learn how to be a closer overnight.
So, in a nutshell, you try hard to blame injuries , but under closer examination, the healthy players have been terrible , miserable and mostly are underperforming.
All but Papi.
The team certainly has enough organizational depth to cover injuries to Sweeney, Ross, Podsednick and even Pedroia ( his replacement , Ciriaco, actually had been outhitting him!). Nava filled in nicely for Crawford, Middlebrooks out hit Youkilis during his time as Youk's fill-in. You could easily say that Doubront has pitched as well, or better, than Lackey. Marlon Byrd played well in his short stay....he became a victim of age and a numbers game.
Really, the only time you can play the "woe is us injury card" is when the call-ups and bench players do not step up and fill the shoes of the injured starters....this has not been the case. In many ways the younger replacements have made it more glaringly obvious that the high paid veterans are lacking in motivation and desire ( possibly skill , too).
Good point, but eventually the subs' well-doing dropped off, or they got hurt themselves.
Nava slumped (He still has the most PAs in LF).
Byrd leads all Sox in CF PAs and had a .606 OPS.
Pods got hurt.
Middlebrooks has done great, but his .319 OBP is a big drop from our 2011 3B.
There is whole lot wrong here, and injuries are not it.
Injuries are not the whole problem.
They may not even be the number one problem.
Yes, if just a couple of these vets did better, we'd be in the WC:
Beckett, Lester, Buch, AGon, Pedey, or Youk.
However, one has to think we'd be in the WC slot right now had one or two of these injuries not occured:
...not to mention a few minor injured players: