Re: Roster moves that need to be made
posted at 7/10/2013 1:02 AM EDT
In response to ADG's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
I always believe that you should put your best team on the field. Does our best really include guys like Snyder, Diaz, Holt, Wilson and De La Torre? Gomes , Carp and Nava in the outfield ? And, playing shorthanded is not a good idea. If a guy is hurt, put him on the DL unless you are certain that he will only miss two or three games. I know all of the arguments against this, but they are not strong enough .
Stabbed by Foulke.
I'll use the 2007 Red Sox team as an identifiable example of some players even a championship team is forced to use over the length of a long season. We had relatively low injuries to the rotation that saw 3 guys get over 30 starts (Dice-K, Beckett & Wake) and Schilling get 24 starts, but look at some of these names:
135 Julian Tavarez
54 Kyle Snyder
34 Joel Pineiro
54 Kyle Snyder
20 JC Romero
36 Gagne, Corey and Hansack combined
Our starting SS had a .643 OPS and some or our bench gave us this:
232 PA Cora .684 (Great defense though)
218 Hinske .714
172 Wily Mo .675
127 Mirabelli .637
61 Kielty .622
33 K Cash .391
We survived these performances and still won a ring.
Note: the 2004 Sox saw Gabe Kapler (.700 OPS) get more PAs in RF than anyone else, Pokey Reese (.574) more PAs at SS than Cabrera or Nomar, and 2 pitchers (Wake & Lowe) get 180+ IP and have ERAs above 4.85.
Moon - But, they had Ortiz at 117 RBI, Lowell at 3B, Manny and Youkilis with over 80 RBIs, Pedroia with a .317 average and every starter outside of Pedroia over 60 RBI. Papelbon and Okajima in the bullpen with Timlin, DelCarmen and Lopez.
This team doesn't compare to that team, both from the production standpoint and from the number of quality bullpen arms.
That was a different era, but your point is well taken. The Manny-Ortiz combo was deadly.
This team has shown strengths in areas not seen in a while:
1) leading the league in SBs. Are you kidding me? The Red Sox?
2) Our top 3 bench guys have over 135 PAs and OPS of .734 (Gomes on the rise), .939 (Iggy still amazes), and .978 (Carp a surprise).
3) Our lowest OPS by batting slot is .707 (8th) - we had a .631 in the 8th slot and .712 in the 1 slot in '07.
4) 5 runs a game on the road- a little better than '07.
I'd take the '07 team over this one, but the league is different now.
We have some weaknesses to address, but so do all teams.