Re: Quit Dreamin- this 2012 Sox edition blows!!
posted at 2/21/2012 9:02 PM EST
Interesting analysis...the only things I would add is that Lackey wasn't mentioned...maybe by design. The Sox have him signed for a significant amount of money, I hope they can get some good out of it. Far as Ortiz goes I don't think the Sox will offer him arbitration even if he has a good year and if they want to resign him they will just match or beat anyone.
I think Papi is gone after this year no matter what (unless nobody offers him more than $7=8M or so.)
Youk will have to have a healthy, strong season for the Sox to pick up that option at least IMHO, he has been injury prone the last couple of seasons and it might be smarter to buy him out for the million and either let him go or try to sign him to a smaller contract.
I could see Youk getting his walking papers, but I think if they were willing to pay Papi $12.5M , they'd pay the much needed RH'd bat the same.
Far as this season goes I'm optimistic...last year we basically lost 3 of our starting 5 and still won 90 games.
Think of it this way:
We actually lost 52 starts from our starting 5 that were replaced by:
Wake 23 5.12/1.358
Miller 12 5.54/1.815
Bedard 8 4.03/1.553
Weiland 5 7.66/1.662
Aceves 4 5.14/1.571 (as a starter)
Plus, we got maybe about 34 starts from pitchers probably pitching while injured:
That's maybe about half our games effected by starting pitching injuries! WOW!
Last year NY had an almost perfect year...everything went right for them...they got a lot of innings out of Colon, Garcia, Burnett and Nova. CC won 19 games but everytime I saw him against the Sox I wasn't that impressed, I guess he was light's out everywhere else but I'm hoping he is starting a decline. NY's bullpen was also lights out...they lose Soriano to injury and Robertson steps up to have an unreal season...and Mo...he just keeps getting better...I think your right...there is something in the water in Yankee stadium...at least in the home dugout.
Except Soriano drinks only Gatorade. LOL!
The Yanks luck or better conditioning has been amazing for several years:
2011: 5 starters with 25+ starts, Hughs with 14, and 5 from others.
2010: 5 starters with 21+ starts (3 with 29+), 9 Mosely, 7 Nova, & Mitre
2009: 4 starters with 31+ starts, 9 Mitre & Wang, 7 Hughes, & 6 Gaudin
2008: Their "bad luck year" with 13 different starters (6 with 1-15 starts)