Re: Red Sox Pitchers Go As Deep (or Deeper) Into Games As Other Staffs
posted at 6/4/2013 5:33 PM EDT
In response to tomnev's comment:
In response to craze4sox's comment:
In response to royf19's comment:
Too often this year, I've read complaints about how Sox pitchers don't go deep into games. Well, comparing the Sox staff to other top staffs in the AL and AL East shows they're as good or even better.
Here are the average innings per start of the top five starters for the following teams, which include the top AL East teams plus the Rangers and Tigers who rank high in team pitching.
The Sox are better with their top 2 and comparable or better with their bottom two. Lackey is just a tad off from Fister, Hellickson and Pettitte.
Red Sox Rangers Yankees Rays Tigers
Buchholtz 7.1 Davish 6.8 Sabathia 6.7 Cobb 6.7 Scherzer 6.9
Lester 6.6 Holland 6.7 Kuroda 6.1 Price 6.1 Sanchez 6.5
Lackey 5.9 Grimm 5.9 Pettitte 6.0 Hellickson 6.1 Fister 6.2
Dempster 5.6 Tepesch 5.5 Hughes 5.3 Hernandez 5.7 Verlander 6.0
Doubront 5.6 Ogando 5.5 Phelps/Nova 5.0 Moore 5.6 Porcello 5.5
Oh, and so much for the myth that the Rangers, because of Nolan Ryan, use their pitchers deeper in games.
But having Cliff Lee, Lester and Clay could make our team, or any contender for that matter, very special and tough to beat come playoff time. The Yankees biggest problem in recent PS years is being beat by teams with better pitching like Detroit. At the present time, regardless of how many innings our pitchers go compared to others still doesn't give us the advantage.
I like Lee and he would be an obvious upgrade, and I would be willing to pay the $, but I would be wary of giving up any major prospects for him, the deal should be for A- prospects at best and we relieve the Philles of the dollar obligation.....Lee, despite having a good year is showing a velocity drop this year and look at fast it went bad for Halladay. Lee will be 35 in August....so I would be very stubborn with the Phils
I like Lee as well, but I don't see it happening for lots of reasons:
1. Philly just signed a monster TV contract - Money not an issue for them
2. They aren't going to blow it up and go with a youth movement. They feel they have enough of a nucleus to put a competitive team on the field
3. They would likely have to be overwhelmed with an offer to move him, and Lee will have plenty of suitors (Baltimore, Texas, Detroit, NY, Boston to name a few in the AL alone.)
4. My guess (just a guess) is that they would be able to move him for at least 2 top prospects and not have to eat a dime near the deadline.