Re: Is the blame on Saltalamacchia?
posted at 4/13/2011 9:01 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Is the blame on Saltalamacchia?
[QUOTE]Maybe Salty needs to be eased in, but Lester sure pitched good the 2nd time through ...
nothave it anymore, whatever it was he once had. The catcher does not hold the glove in the middle of the strike zone and demand the pitcher throw it there. Yet the Dice man threw it there so many times it was sickening. It is called control, and regardless of whether Tek or Salty are there the time has come for Dice-K to produce or have a seat. Long relief sounds good ... Trading him would be hard. Even with paying his salary. The Mariners might take him, they have a nice setup for Japanese players. But forget about Dice-K, Lackey is our big problem. We need 4 solid starters, we have seen 2 step forward. I suspect Clay will pitch much better next time. But Lackey looks clue-less and ineffective.
Posted by soxmeister
I agree easing
Salty in was the proper move. Feeding him to the lions was unfair.
Yes, Lester had a good game. He will have several, despite who his catcher is. That's because measuring a catcher's relevance
can't be done over one game, or a short sample-size. The reason is that pitchers who have everything working on a given night need only to have a catcher not get in his way.
It's when they don't
bring their best stuff to the table that a catcher becomes important
In addition, when a pitcher has nothing: no stuff and little command -
the catcher is almost irrelevant. The reason why the catcher position is so important to a pitching staff is that, in the majority of games, a given pitcher won't
be off-form or
completely on top of his game. He'll often have enough to win, depending on how it's harnessed
The biggest misconception
of a catcher's importance is the inability to understand this.