Re: Pathetic Team and Management
posted at 5/14/2014 3:23 PM EDT
In response to AL34's comment:
This is one of the worst hitting Red Sox teams that I have ever watched. Every game is a struggle with hitting the ball. I heard Larry Luchinno say well, we have had injuries. Now that Middlebrooks and Victorino are back, what's the excuse now ? They did not want to pay Ellsbury the money that he was looking for, so they replaced him with a major league minimum salaried player, Jackie Bradley Junior who flat cannot hit a baseball. He looks like a defensive replacement at best. The other alternative was to pick up Grady Sizemore who has been out of baseball two years because they realized that Bradley was not what they thought he was.
Middle brooks ls what he is a .220 hitter making a little more than major league minimum who hits an occasional mistake. Oh yeah, I read the stories about his vision and the contact lenses helping him. What happened with that ? Victorino has had a lot of injuries and they look like they are catching up on him.
Every time I see a ball hit to Baeggerts, I cringe and he is not exactly ripping the cover off of the ball like Luchinno said he was going to do. This team had trouble scoring runs against the Cincinnati Reds at home, really pathetic.
They also lost the production of Saltalamachia's and replaced him with an aging catcher who looks like he is at the end as well. The way this team over rates their hitting, I have reservations about seeing that catcher from Pawtucket they are high on.
Nava has reverted to what he has been his whole career, a journeyman outfielder and has been sent to the minor leagues. Management had to have been out of their minds thinking he was going to do what he did last year. I am still laughing at the fact they wanted to put him in the lead off position because of his on base percentage, comical.
Bucholtz I have yet to figure out what is wrong with him, but he wins a game looks good and reverts back to mediocre again along with diminished velocity. Doubrount, who I thought was going to build on his playoff run last year, has reverted to mediocre again. This team should have been in on Tanaka or Darvish a couple of years ago. Instead they are licking their wounds from a Japanese pitcher who burned them several years ago and back off again.
Team went from worst to first last year and are they are reverting back to worst again. I think they will be lucky to win 82 games. That is some way to defend your title. Is management giving the fans any breaks on ticket prices, concessions, and parking in Boston to see this mediocre product they put together ?
[/QUOTE] Clearly the Sox aren't playing good ball. Their luckly the ALE is as weak as it is. The good news is the Sox have (unlike their east rivals) a system in place to bring up talented kids as they develop. You can expect the Sox to win more WSC's going forward. No other team in the east has that support system. That said 2014 imo belongs to the Tigers.