Re: Is it just me?
posted at 5/4/2013 5:32 PM EDT
I've never said "pitching was meaningless". However, you have said that "we only go as far as our pitching will takes us".
For the past 5+ years, your suggestions for our staff have been laughable. Guthrie was the one SP you suggested offering more than $1-2M for. Pitching is clearly at the way bottom of your priority list.
Defense had more to do with quality pitching than quality pitching has to do with defense. Few teams have more than a couple of quality starters. The best value from pitching will be realized by having a top defensive catcher, SS, 2B and OF. The Red Sox are ignoring that factor.
I wish Iggy was at SS and JBJ in CF.
We did strengthen RF defense this winter, but we took a step back at 1B.
The Red Sox are quite weak, in the middle, unless Middlebrooks turns it around soon enough to provide the pop and power that this team is missing.
Our offense is better than you think, but I do think we have missed that big bat in the middle for a long time. For now, we need to pray Napoli and Papi stay healthy and Middlebrooks comes around. The bottom of the line-up may do better than recent years, and we should end up in the top 5- 10 road offensive teams in MLB.
Taking away the Fenway influence and adjusting accordingly, where do you think the Sox offense places out of the 30 MLB teams?
You may not like Gomes and Nava, but if they do a strict platoon in LF, they may end up with the best OBP on the team.
You may not like Drew, but he should be a plus offensive player when compared to the MLB SS norm. Yes, I'd rather have Iggy, but Drew will help the bottom of the order.
You may not like Salty and Ross, but together, they should place in the top 15 in catcher OPS, so we should not be brought down at the catcher position on offense.
You may not like Ellsbury and Shane, and their offense is questionable this year for sure, but it's not a stretch to think they will hold their own out there in the OF.
You may not like Papi anymore, but between him and the Lf'er not playing, our DH position should be tops in MLB in nearly all offensive categories.
Pedey and Middlebrooks and Napoli. Plus, plus, plus on offense.
Yes, our offense could be better, but even if you take away the fenway factor, our offense is not a negative. So far, we seem to be spreading out the runs better, and have a more balanced offensive approach than recent years speed, top to bottom balance, lefty-righty balance, etc...