Re: Pathetic Team and Management
posted at 5/13/2014 4:53 PM EDT
In response to georom4's comment:
This is what they call a market correction year. You didn't expect us to win it all again honestly, did you? I would rather play those three young players all year long and then make an assessment. Letting Ells go was a mistake, like Beltre - a winner who plays at a high level and is a game changer. Do we have any of those players left? Shoot Salty was quite walk off worthy in his own way and we let him walk for mlb pennies. Maybe Ben was reading too many of HFX's loving posts and getting swell-headed, I dunno. But we are seriously weakened up the middle this year and that is Baseball winning 101. Furthermore given the ages of our starters, I fully expect one or two to go done for a while as the season wears on. Shane is no spring chicken, Grady is a shell of his former self, Nava/Gomes/Carp are the 3 Horsemen of mediocrity. Papi is our big gun and at his age his stats reflect reality - he is nowhere near elite anymore in production. Napoli is sort of the man now and he is ticking time bomb of german shephard hip misalignment. Oh and I think Magic Koji is no more. He still amazes me given his 80's fastball but that wasnt going to last forever either. Lots of holes my friends so watch the young-uns and root for them because if they can improve, we have a nice nucleus to build on. If not, we will have to become the yanks next year or be cellar dwellers. Forecast is cloudy right now at best.
As always - 100% correct!
Nicely stated, georom. Wrong, of course, but nicely stated. Ellsbury was the game changer one time, 2011, and we all know how that turned out. Right now his WAR ranks him 9th in the AL among centerfielders vs. Bradley who is ranked 10th. Ells has 1 more rbi than Bradley and 3 more runs scored, but Bradley is easily the better outfielder. Right now, those two are a wash except that the Yankees are paying a king's ransom for Ellsbury. Pierzynski is every bit as good a catcher and hitter as Salty plus he is on a one year contract to make room for some pretty good prospects at Portland/Pawtucket. And let's not forget that the Sox do not win the WS with Saltalamacchia as the catcher. They lost both games with him behind the plate and won all four with Ross. I kind of like Pierzynski, Pedroia, and Bradley up the middle. While I agree the big hitters ain't hitting big yet--except for Napoli, of course--I think they will. Meanwhile, the youth movement has not prevented the Sox from being tied in the AL East with the free spending Yankees. Ellsbury is one year younger than Sizemore and 3 younger than Vic, and Gomes is hitting about the same as last year. You can only hope the rotation will all go on the DL. So far every single start has been by one of the original five starters--Lester, Lackey, Peavy, Doubront, and Buchholz. Because of them and an excellent bullpen--Uehara is as good as ever, thanks for your concern--the Sox pitching is excellent and the key to winning so far. In fact, right now the Sox have the best pitching in the AL East. And the hope is the hitting will come around. We do agree however that this is the season in which to find our what MBR, JBJ, and Bogaerts can do. Impressions only, but I think JBJ will stick in CF, Bogaerts will stick and very likely at SS, and Middlebrooks will or will not prove out by mid-July if not sooner. At the same time, the Sox have the money and the prospects to make a deal for a big bat if they can find one that doesn't cost the world. The Yankees, it should be noted, decided their biggest bat, Cano, was too expensive. Hence their haste to sign a not so big bat, but nevertheless an exciting player, Ellsbury. If you are the Yankees, you must replenish the marquee players whether or not they bring you victories.