Re: Rude awakening
posted at 5/6/2013 2:14 PM EDT
Well, we have beat up on softy and bill-806 incessantly, so now they get their period of saying "I told you these guys were lousy." Funny thing is, neither one of them, when asked specifically to predict the Sox season (a long way out, granted), was willing to say this season will be terrible. Softy in fact predicted 86-91 wins, hardly a disaster.
So the rude awakening, painful as it was, does not mean the season is over as those two seem to imply on this thread.
I do agree the Sox didn't score much against a very good pitching staff on their turf--4 runs in 3 games is pretty bad. That is a concern, but I think our guys can and will hit better than that. There can be no question the lineup doesn't work if Ortiz is the only guy knocking and/or scoring runs. Almost everyone else--Ellsbury, Victorino, Pedroia, Napoli, Middlebrooks, Gomes, Drew, Ciriaco--needs to start hitting. I exempt Nava because he's way better than expected and both catchers because, as catchers go, their hitting is about average.
As for the pitching, Doubront has both control and velocity issues, so getting pounded was about right and will continue if he doesn't change. Webster, get ready. I thought Lackey wasn't half bad and got screwed by the defense. And yesterday Lester showed a lot of guts, but stopped throwing lots of strikes after the first couple of innings. He has a decent changeup, which comes in handy against all those righty hitters, but doesn't like to throw it. That 2 run dinger in I think the 5th inning was a fastball slightly up in the strike zone and centered and followed the exact same pitch but in a slightly different location, so the hitter was looking for it.
Let's not forget that the bullpen also seems to be letting down--no one can be considered consistent or reliable at this point.