Re: Let's End This Non-Sense Right Now, Tito Will Be Manager In '12?
posted at 9/22/2011 4:05 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Let's End This Non-Sense Right Now, Tito Will Be Manager In '12?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Let's End This Non-Sense Right Now, Tito Will Be Manager In '12? : Well then don't let the door hit you in the asp on the way out ! Some of us fans have watched front office mismanagement or mis-managers like Sullivan, Zimmer, Little, etc. absolutely botch everything. Mis-mailed contracts, foolish trades, short-sighted drafting, not playing best players due to personal animosities....you name it. Does Theo overreach in free agency ? Sure. Does Tito overdo it on r/l platooning ? Okay ! But TWO world champs in 7 years ? After ignominous failure for previous 86 ? Cut 'em some slack.
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And to add, the Sox had the one of the best records in baseball -- second, third or fourth, something like that -- at the start of the month despite losing the No. 5 starter for most of the season and the No. 3 starter for more than half the season; having just two dependable starters, Beckett and Lester and even they missed starts; having Crawford underachieve, getting mediocre production combined from RF and having Youk be a no-show offensively in the second half.
Some of it caught up with Sox this month.
It wasn't Francona's fault that:
Reddick blew a game or two with his defense because Drew never came back;
None of the pitching replacements (Weiland, Miller) were able to step up like Lester, Buccholz and even Gabbard did when they were first brought up;
Albers, who had an ERA just over 2.00 at the end of July, imploded for five weeks;
Bard blew two games in week when the Sox had leads of three runs;
Lackey couldn't even perform like he did last year;
Wakefield began struggling after his first 15 starts, which was more than adequate.
Including Lester and Beckett, the starting pitchers have two QS in September.
Nearly anyone in an overworked bullpen can get anyone out.
Even with the struggles, the Sox should be up about four or five games in the wild card. The Sox can't catch a break. A bad umpire call on Monday cost Ortiz an RBI, which might have cost the Sox the game. Reddick makes another boneheaded play in RF but Bedard can't get the next guy out. It seems like after every mistake -- bad call, bad play, bad baserunning -- no one can pick it up for the teammates. Every mistake seems to just kill the Sox right now.
The biggest thing goes back to the starting pitching. When the starters are falling behind 4-0 in the first or second inning and the offense is always playing catch-up, it's demoralizing. I don't see how that's the manager's fault.