Re: It's never been "The Pitching"
posted at 5/5/2012 7:53 AM EDT
After a brief glimpse of Lavarnway last September--he is a RH bat that might help the lineup. Ciriaco might be a good shot in the arm type that has speed and can play multiple positions and hit. I would move DMac, Salty or Shop and Punto and replace with Lav and Ciriaco. Look on the open market and bring in Vlad as a PH, occasional DH and an occasional LF, at least a threat off the bench. I would also bring up Iggy and make him SS, moving Aviles to LF. Play Sweeney everyday and see what he can do againt lefties.
If the pitching can keep you in most games holding the opp. to 4 to 6 runs then you should have a 50-50 chance to win. I think our pitching will settle in and do an okay job.
Aviles, Salty, Shop, DMac, Sweeney, Punto and Ross are settling in and will be producing as they have historically. That's not unusual. The difference is on most teams these players are role players and aren't counted on to produce big numbers.
The same can be said for Pedroia, AGon, Papi--Papi will hit between .280 and .300 not .380; they will produce and get their HR's and RBI. With good tough teams with good advance scouting these guys are going to be pitched around and it will force guys like Ross, Aviles and Sweeney to do more than they are capapable of.
Without the threat of having CC, Youk and Ells in the lineup we are, at best, about a .500 to .650 winning % age team.
This short trip to KC will be an eye opener to Sox fans---they have speed, decent piching, they can hit, they are fundamentally pretty sound and they are pretty young.
The O's keep coming at you--they may sweep the Sox this weekend--I'm in hopes has a good outing today.
The Sox HAVE TO MAKE MORE CHANGES---BEN YOU'VE STARTED YOU HAVE TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD; NOT EASY CHANGES BUT CRITICAL CHANGES.
Infied--AGon, Pedroia, Iggy and Middlebrooks.
Outfield---Aviles, Ross and Sweeney
Subs--Ciriaco, Salty, Byrd, Vlad or (Gomez from the PawSox)
Pitching---Lester, Beck, Cook, Douby and Bard(Buch DL-Blister)
Pen--Aceves, Morales, Albers, Hill, Atch, Padilla, Mortenson.
Come on Ben--You will also have to part with a Starting Pitcher--One of the Big Three and it should be the one that can bring you the most in return-Lester/Beckett.