Got curious and I decided to look at the pitchers (obviously not a pretty picture. While I realize that statistics are not the be all and end all, I have often looked at hits and innings pitched. Clearly based on what we saw these stats may not mean much, but here goes anyway.
There are some pitchers that we know will be back, because they are the teams best maybe best of a bad lot, but you have to start somewhere. In bold are the ones with positive.
Will be back
Lester isn’t going anywhere. It is more important that he get back to what he has been. Buchholz is their best now. Tazawa did very well. They aren’t about to give up on Bailey this quickly.
Probably be back, but then again
Doubront came a long way, I think they need him in there somewhere. Bard was a disaster, but he is only 27 and I would not give up just yet. Miller had a decent yea. Everyone likes Morales “stuff”. Might try to trade from this group.
None of them makes anyone go wow, but then did anyone get all excited about the O’s BP before the season started? If they can get something in trade, sure, but…..
Are you ready to throw Melancon away. He did pitch a bit better late. Atchison keeps hanging around. Hill had some good moments.
Then there is Lackey and like it or not, he will on the team.
Now that is 15 pitchers. 10 have positive IP/hits. All four of the negatives above will likely be back. Clearly not everyone above will be on the team as there are only 11 or 12 spots and I am assuming that they will be bringing in new blood. If they don’t…….
Gone are Matsuzaka, Aceves, Padilla, Cook and a lot of others
Lets keep one thing in mind. The Red Sox are not going to be a playoff team next year and trying to go for the quick fix is crazy. Hopefully they bottomed out and next year will be an improvement. One thing that struck me is that some teams of which little was expected got better as the season progressed. They had little or no expectations and went with their youth to build for another year.
Washington was expected to be better, but no one expected wire to wire. Oakland was not exactly high on the list and see what they did and of course there are the Orioles. Cincy was another somewhat surprising team. Teams that got better late, Seattle, San Diego, Milwaukee. They have set themselves up for the future. Seattle is a good case in point. They were terrible at the beginning, and had no place to go but up. They went with the kids and got them some major league experience. Keep in mind that it was not until The Deal that the Red Sox waved the white flag. At that point there were only 40 or so games left. Granted it got bad, but at some point, there might have been improvement like with Seattle. They need to commit to rebuilding and developing thei younger assets. If they do that, it may not take too long to get back. I am willing to write off 2013 as a development year and hopefully they can be competitive. Then maybe in 2014, they could be MOST, not all of the way back.
Feel free to tear this apart.