Re: Melancon and Mortensen
posted at 7/29/2012 8:51 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Melancon and Mortensen
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Melancon and Mortensen : See now all of a sudden you are talking baseball. Why didn't you post that the first time instead of mocking a thread because it was about a "middle reliever"?
Posted by snakeoil123[/QUOTE]
My appologies for your perception that I was mocking your thread. I was in fact questioning the logic that somehow adding Lavarnway or Mortenson to the Major league roster somehow would help to right the ship. Frankly, I've grown tired of the constant questioning of the Red Sox management and the overhype and unrealistic expectation many have of prospects in our system. Trust me Ben Cherington, wants to win as much or more than you or I. Do you think that Bobby Valentine shows up to the park every day and say's. Oh Boy! what a great day to play some bad baseball. I can't wait to see Jon Lester struggle again!
In the big picture this teams failure to contend is due in large part to the season long ineffectiveness of Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buccholz and was not helped by the fact that our newly aquired closer has yet to throw a meaningful pitch this year. When your team is a collective 12 games under .500 in games started by your #1 and #2 pitchers, your in for a long year. A fact that seems lost on many of the posters on this forum...It ain't because of a lack of run support...
Further the teams struggles out of the gate certainly was not helped by the fact that both Ellsbury & Crawford missed most of the 1st 100 games while on the DL. Which I'm sure contributed to the less than production we got from Pedrioa and Gonzalez. Who collectively struggled out of the gate to hit to career norms. That along with Youkilis being MIA before being traded (interesting how he's miraculously found his stroke in the windy city?...Then our most productive hitter Ortiz lands on the DL at a time when it looked like our offesne was ready to gel and produce. Sound's like a recipe for failure? No?
Thus when I read threads pining for Mortenson over Melancon or the constant calling for Lavarnway to get called up to be our DH. Along with all of the trade proposals, we're Cherington's supposed to just pick up the phone and trade Beckett for a bag of a balls, it's laughable.
In the end as hard as it is to admit...We have a team of underachieving oft injured veteran players that lack the fortitude to stand tall and be professionals. Francona eluded to it at the end of last season..A situation that Cherington inherated from Theo "where's your gorilla suit" Epstein. Who is repsonsible for the current core of players under contract and it was while he was leading the baseball operations team. During his tenure that the culture that exist in the clubhouse today festered and the results of his decisions and those he reports too are in fact why we're in the state we're in.
All that said, it's now Cherinton's job to right the ship...a task that is not one that can be done overnight. In my mind it's about the culture of the clubhouse and having 25 guys committed to 1 goal. In the end until he has every player on the team focused on doing thier job and coming to the park everyday in support of the team's goals. Not chirping in the press about thier contracts and calling out thier teammates and manager. The journey will take that much longer to complete...