Re: Irrational exhuberance?
posted at 5/20/2011 10:22 AM EDT
In Response to Irrational exhuberance?
[QUOTE]Several threads are trumpeting the six game winning streak. As they should. These six nicely counterbalance the six losses to start the season, and they include 3 of 3 at Yankee stadium. The Sox have a lot of offensive potential, three excellent starters, and an equally good closer. And, at 3 games above .500 and 1.5 games behind the Rays and .5 games behind the Yankees, very clearly back in the hunt. What could be better? Here's the rub. The offensive potential is still mostly potential, with the Sox ranking around 6th in the AL in runs scored. And the pitching, measured in team ERA, is 11th best. So, while the Sox are 3 games above .500, their cumulatively run differential is -3. And now Wakefield, age 44, and Aceves, a Yankees reject, are the 4th and 5th starters. Papelbon has been pretty good this year, better than last, but is no longer dominant--last night, for example, he got through the 9th by striking out a guy with the bases loaded up by Pap himself. And Bard has been inconsistent--like the the two dingers last night in the 8th. Albers has been terrific, but the rest of the bullpen has been scary, especially the two offseason acquisitions, Wheeler and Jenks. There's more. The Yankees and Rays are also in the hunt and both have better pitching staffs (especially the Rays). Plus the Yankees have the best offense in the AL with plenty of home run power. In fact, as moonslav pointed out, there are a lot of teams still in the hunt for the wild card slot in the AL playoffs--Toronto, LA, Detroit, KC, Baltimore, Oakland. Only Cleveland in the AL Central has broken away from the pack, and only the Twins seem out of it.
Posted by maxbialystock[/QUOTE]
Max, in my mind, though I don't get too excited by streaks either way, all the more reason to celebrate this little run. With the poor start, the division and A.L. as competitive as it is, wins are at a premium. Anytime the Sox can get some in bunches, it is a very good thing. Added to these all-important wins, a sweep of the Yankees and beating Verlander is a confidence builder for a club that started so slowly. They have taken it to the cream of the crop. Not to mention the edge that I believe a team gets when they are pulling out games late like the Sox have been doing (and weren't doing last year).
Granted, those posters who are summoning duck boats are just as fool-hearted as those that were writing epitaphs three weeks ago. But I think this streak should be trumpeted like Louis Armstrong.