Re: September swoon: Guess who was our BEST starting pitcher?
posted at 10/16/2011 11:20 PM EDT
I missed this post. Thanks for the bump...
What I believe many folks don't get is how difficult it is to attain pitchers who can excel in Boston. Forget the pressure, which is like a black cloud. Pitching in Fenway is tough. It takes time to learn how not to be compromised by the hitter-friendly dimensions. Then there's pitching against A. L. East line-ups 72 games.
Not to mention the media and other pitfalls.
In other words, if your goal is to try and build the rotation from the top, unless UR talking CC or Verlander or Felix, you will end up in the middle once the numbers are accurately adjusted. 2010 Lackey is a great example.
I was for the Lackey signing. It didn't work out, but the idea was not bad. Yes, I'd prefer building from the top, but finding a solid #3 gusy is better than seeking a bunch of #5 guys in hopes one turns out fine. That rarely works.
And if the team decides not to re-sign Tek/Wake, and they are not well replaced (a likelihood), then you will see why the board has been fixated on supposed "lower depth". Depth is depth. And weak links can only be overcome by strong ones.
It's almost a certainty there will be posters here next July deadline ranting about our needs for another starter.
I had great hopes for a staff of:
with Wake in reserve.
IMO, VMART compromised most of them in 2010.
Young did similar in 2011, along with the injuries.
Now? Lackey may be damaged goods, in more ways than one.
Dice is history.
Buch's back issues may be a constant over his career. His pitching motion is conducive to back stress.
Beckett may be losing his appetite for pitching in Boston. He lost Tito, the press, many of the fans, and he might lost Tek as well.
I do think Lester will eventually be the stud, if he reverts back to using 4 pitches and maintains velocity.
I know. Things turned around quickly, didn't they?
In short, the window of opportunity has been squandered. And given the cost of pitching and how difficult it is to sustain productivity in Fenway, in the A. L.
East, the window may be closing faster than we think.
You are right, harness. The window is closing fast. There's still a lot of potential to revive that May to August 2011 team, add some key parts, and hope for good health. There's another part of me that thinks we may be better off looking to 2013 and beyond, but I keep beating that part down soundly.