Posted by ma6dragon9
NO doubt about it! Other teams are coming in locked & loaded.... Ready to shove that hype up our @$$es! I understand the desire for a team wanting "hype" the upcoming season, BUT there was ABSOLUTELY NO NEED to do that! They had us at A-Gon. Crawford put us over the top!
OVER THE TOP Hyping, that quickly trickled down to the players, combined with a laissez faire attitude toward MANAGING & COACHING, was a recipe for disaster!
OK! Enough naval gazing! I THINK it's clear what got this team to where we are today! NOW..... How do we right this ship???? IN A HURRY!
FIRST..... NO MORE BS from our starting pitchers! If they are giving up NEEDLESS WALKS & putting us in the early whole....... Yank em! Have one of our 'young guns' from Triple A waiting in the wings for the early switch..... I actually have MUCH MORE faith in ANY KID waiting for a break, than I do in Dice-K or Lackey. Thank God Beckett appears to have discovered his other two long lost pitches! HE LOOKED AWESOME Sunday night! Buchholz WILL come around..... SOON! I pray! Lester WILL BE SOLID! He at least ALWAYS comes ready to play!:)!
Salty???? I still think this is a slllllllloooooooowwww moving train wreck in action...... I simply think our pitchers have it in their heads that they just don't trust him to call a good game! yes! They shake off Tek too, but I see that more as a collaborative effort & their own uncertainty with 'their stuff.'
I agree that Tek can't catch the majority of a season anymore. He also does a poor job of helping keep runners honest. His bat doesn't look too hot either...
I guess we simply have to pray that Salty starts rolling..... Builds some confidence, so he can transmit that to the pitchers????? Tough task for a 'rookie,' which he really is! No matter what, he simply NEEDS to 'grow a pair' real quick, man up, & AT LEAST CARRY HIMSELF like he owns the place. Probably a hollow gesture, but it certainly couldn't hurt???
SS??? I love Scutaro for his grit, but I think Lowrie needs to be our 1st string SS???????? NO! This is not even near our main problem at the moment, but Lowrie's numbers last year suggest that he IS READY! Take his 52 games last year & extrapolate........ The numbers look good!
DON'T PANIC! Just take control!