Re: It's the pitching, STUPID!
posted at 4/18/2012 2:52 PM EDT
Well, I would be inclined to concur, as I understand that "Its the Pitching, Stupid". But, I am not sure that we do not have it right now. To this point in the season, Bard has gotten better with each start, his last one a gem tainted only by Valentine's gaffe at not pulling him when he was clearly gassed after his first outing of 100+ pitches. Doubront hasn't been stellar, but has also been pretty darn solid and I expect, as he settles and grows into his role, he will continue to improve (same as Bard). The issue has been clunkers thrown by our big 3. But, Beckett settled down nicely in start #2 and Lester had last night, probably due to sickness though he would never admit it, and 2 really nice outings. So, not like these guys need to be replaced. The starting 5 are actually looking pretty good going forward. And, no need to wait on Matsuzaka if Bard or Doubront don't cut it or someone goes down. Got Cook waiting in the wings as well.
Meanwhile, the loss of Bailey certainly was a mighty blow. But, Aceves is already settling in after a rocky beginning to his closer tenure, and I think he will be fine in that role. To boot, with Morales and Padilla looking like great grinder additions to the pen with the ability to go long or short, Aceves' skills are not as needed elsewhere.
Yes Melancon looks horrible. Very dissapointing. But, can he really be that bad? If so, that is a big problem in Bailey's absence. But, this set-up role is the only glaring hole right now.
The staff is a work in progress with new guys, guys in new roles. The results have been inconsistent thus far, with some horrible outings really blowing up the stat lines. But, I don't think we can draw any meaningful conclusions after 11 games.