Re: Red Sox Pitching
posted at 12/3/2012 1:14 PM EST
In response to notin's comment:
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to Brawny27's comment:
The Red Sox need a Good starting pitcher to add to our under performing rotation of last year,I expect Lester and Buc to turn it around,but in order to compete next year we need another Good starting pitcher to round out our rotation,for 3 or 4 or 5 spot!....,Sanchez,Mcarthy ,....who will it be!...,,camon Ben
They have nothing BUT 3, 4, and 5 spots. We need a #1 pitcher, an ace. And I don't see that happening this year.
I really want a definition of an "ace" from someone...
An ace has many qualities that define them. He should be able to hold the other team under 3 runs a game on a consistent basis even without his best stuff. He would have to play the role of a stopper and excel when pitching after the team lost its previous game. He would have to own the inside of the plate so that batters couldn’t dig in on him. He would need to be fearless and not let bad luck affect his game. This includes poor play by the team! He would need to be a leader who would ignite a passion for winning within the clubhouse.
In the 45 years I have watched the Sox I believe we have seen them have 4 aces. Jim Lonborg for 1 magical season carried the Sox on his back and without his contributions we would not have had the impossible dream. Luis Tiant was the prototype Ace Always pitching his best when the team needed it most. Also opposing pitchers were afraid to hit our players knowing full well that Tiant would retaliate! Roger Clemens was so dominating for most of his time with the sox, we fans counted his starts as wins well in advance of the game. He was not a rah rah guy but led by example. And that leads us to Pedro. This man of small stature has more heart than most players who ever played the game. To dominate the league like he did in the middle of the steroid era is nothing short of amazing. Imagine if he pitched before they lowered the mound, he would have dominated as well or maybe even better than Bob Gibson.
These were special pitchers of which at any one time there may be 4 or 5 throughout both leagues combined. Many times there were only 1 or 2. We need to concentrate on acquiring pitchers who have good stuff and hope that they can develop into players who will battle to keep us in the game. That is all you can ask of a pitcher. They will be who they are and maybe 1 will surprise and become the next Pedro!