Re: Now that the B's season is over,can the good people here tell me how the Red Sox are in first place
posted at 6/26/2013 2:56 AM EDT
In response to jerrynewyork's comment:
since the Bruins need my full undivided attention during the playoffs,i try to avoid watching or following baseball as much as possible. so now that the B's season has come to a crashing end,it's back to baseball . so please, i need some analysis of the Red Sox season so far. from what i can tell,not bad for a team expected to go nowhere.
Now I'll try a baseball explanation for what it's worth, Jerry(imagine me saying this like Uncle Leo). Here are some of the main reasons:
- Buchholz was pitching like a Cy Young Award candidate before his mysterious injury. Hopefully, he'll be back.
- Lackey is pitching like the player they thought they had acquired in 2011.
- Dempster is not a dumpster.
- Doubront is more than satisfactory for the back end of the rotation.
- Bullpen is a bit shaky, especially at closer, but Uehara is terrific. Others like Tazawa, Breslow, and Andrew Miller have done a decent job.
- Big Papi has become Big Papi circa 2004. He may not have quite as much pop, but he has become a smarter hitter that sprays the ball to all fields. I hope it's not due to a miricle elixir.
- Pedroia has been Pedey near his best and has managed to stay on the field. As expected, his defense is stellar. The lazer show has dimmed a little, but like Papi, he's spraying the ball around more.
- After a slow start, Ellsbury looks like he's returned to his 2009 form. It's not 2011, but I'll take it.
- Victorino, although plagued with nagging injuries, has been a nice addition. The guy has great refined baseball skills and is a pleasure to watch. I love his aggressiveness.
- Napoli has managed to stay in the lineup for the most part and is a RBI machine.
- Salty has improved his defense and has become one of the better hitting catchers in the game, especially from the left side.
- Mike Carp has been another great surprise. Check out his numbers so far.
- Daniel Nava. F-in Daniel Nava has performed almost at all-star level. I still have a hard time believing it and I hope his chariot doesn't turn into a pumpkin.
- Now, the best story of year for last (even better than Nava) - Jose Iglesias. At best, we figured we might be getting a budding Ozzie Smith, Omar Vizquel, or Mark Belanger, whom many, including myself, were skeptical could reach the Mendoza line. Well, guess what? He's not even a full-time shortshop and he's hitting better than Ted Freakin' Williams, sans the slugging, of course. Sabrematricians around the globe are studying this phenenenom and stratching their heads as if it were a coin that keeps getting flipped and coming up heads almost every time. There's a crowd looking up in the sky saying, "It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's Iggy and he just got another base hit!"
Andrew Bailey, Joel Hanrahan, and Will Middlebrooks are reasons they are not leading by more. Drew has been rather pedrestrian, although he does have his moments and plays a satisfactory shortstop, and Lester, after a great start, has been looking rather wobbly of late.
I hope I've answered your question, Geraldo de Nueva York.