Re: Saltalamacchia--10th best catcher in MLB
posted at 7/24/2012 2:49 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Saltalamacchia--10th best catcher in MLB
[QUOTE]Salty is helping the pitchers SO MUCH that his CERA is 2nd from the bottom in AL qualifying catchers ( starters ). Honestly, I think Lavarnway can come in from scratch and within 1 day of study probably do better. What do we really have to lose when the guy is just a hair above the worst catcher in the league in CERA? Yesterday they gave up 15 runs on Salty's watch. Today 9 runs of Salty's watch. Do you really think Lavarnway is probably worse? Than the above? And Salty has been in mlb for 6 years now, and primarily a mlb player in 5 of those years. To say he is just starting to get a chance to play is RIDICULOUS.
Posted by Boomerangsdotcom[/QUOTE]
We know what you think Lavarnway can do. You've said it until you're blue in the you know what's. Speaking of which, you have NO WAY of knowing what Lavarnway might do with the Sox staff. The phrase "within one day of study" is proof on its face that you have no idea what goes into the pitcher/catcher dynamic. Talk about a sack. If CERA is your proof that Salty is to blame for truly lousing pitching, you may be a hero back there with the bean counters and paper shufflers. But stay away from the front. The troops on the line would fall down laughing -- or shoot you.
I've watched what Salty was calling and why in these disasters. The pitchers' breaking stuff hardly matched that description. Lester had nothing and grooved it. Doubront wasn't much better. They not only missed their spots. They missed zones. You think these guys would have pitched better with a kid behind the plate -- even a kid from Yale, as you are fond of repeating? ( Note: Academic smarts do not always translate into baseball smarts. But you wouldn't know that because you don't have baseball smarts -- on the field smarts -- or know what they are and how they function in action. )
As I say, stay away from the front with the kind of ridiculous remarks you make in this post. Those are the kind of statements you are prone to make when your excitability gauge starts to get hot. Which is often.
I don't know whether Lavarnway will someday be a better catcher than Salty, all angles considered. But I do know that the odds are very much against his being better with the Sox staff at this moment.
The FO and BV must think so too, as Danny and Southpaw keep pointing out. Otherwise in this time of dire need, years of control notwithstanding, Lavarnway would be behind the plate in Boston, not in Pawtucket. If Salty were as bad defensively as you claim the numbers show ( CERA, for goodness
sake ), his homers would not save him -- not on a club with Boston's pitching problems. Not when Gonzalez is starting to rake. Not with Ellsbury back in the lineup. Not after Pedey had a three-hit game.
Right, Ben is thinking, "Better get that kid up here before Salty ruins this pitching staff."
Perhaps -- just perhaps -- the people in charge know a tad more than you do at this moment about Lavarnway behind the plate. I know it's hard for you to grant that possibility, given your struttin' style. ( To say nothing of its disgusting analogies. ) Don't count on whining to Moon, as you did before. He agrees with Danny, Southpaw, and me, and, not incidentally, the many other posters who are saying Salty is not to blame. Far from it.
But you know better than all of us -- and the Sox brass. Wow.