Re: Showed it last year - Confirmed now
posted at 4/18/2012 12:05 PM EDT
Response to Showed it last year - Confirmed now
[QUOTE]Sorry in advance for the length... The amount of holes on this 180 million dollar team is mind boggling. They DON’T have an ace, that’s right, Lester is not an Ace. Is he their best starter? Obviously. He has never been a late inning pitcher, and has the ability to blow up on occasion like he did last night. How often do you see CC, Doc, Cliff Lee, Kershaw, go 2 innings? Never. Their bad starts are 6+ innings of grinding through a day where they don’t have their best stuff….When the sox pitchers don’t have their best, they get rocked. Not one change was made from last year…..guess what? Youk is still on the decline. No one on this board is an expert, but his amount of swings and misses are telling. They gave up one of their only players who produced for 162 games last year (Scutaro), and the other (Ellsbury) is now hurt. 18 million a year for an above average speed player (Crawford) who hasn’t yet hit the field as the player he was in 2010…and may never. 16 million sitting on a recliner resting his surgically repaired elbow (Lackey). 15 Million in a starter who has flashed Ace stuff throughout his career (Beckett), but has only had one start to finish year of that high quality stuff (2007). The reality is, no matter what anyone says; this team is not good enough. Their pitching is well below the status of New York and Tampa ….and as we saw last year and so far this year, their offense crushes mediocre pitching while routinely getting shut out by high quality pitching. Remember the days when the sox offense used to shine against the best in the league (2002-2004)? Maybe this was their plan. Don’t work hard to make the necessary changes in the off-season and MAYBE they will either put it together and win, or be so bad people cant turn away from it. 5 years ago I could have sworn this would have been the Yankees. Older, less talented, and over paid….but now it looks like the Yankees are the model money spending franchise…and the Rays are the model low budget franchise…and that leaves the sox in their dust.
Posted by gbman87603[/QUOTE]
Length is fine, but you can apologize for your content.
The hitting is a whole lot better than the pitching and ranks 5th in the AL. When the Tampa Bay Rays showed up at Fenway a few days ago, we were all worried that possibly the best pitching staff in the AL would shut down our presumed weak bats. But in fact the Sox beat them up bad enough that the Rays now have the second worst ERA in the AL.
The pitching currently has the worst ERA in the AL and in all of MLB. Of the five starters, Bard, amazingly enough, has pitched the third most innings (two starts, the other 4 starters have 2 or 3 starts) and has the lowest ERA. The big three have each stunk it up at least once.
That said, I think nothing is "confirmed" after 11 games. Before yesterday's debacle, Lester had thrown two pretty good games and had an ERA of around 2.40 against decent hitting teams. Remember, the Sox have so far played nothing but good teams, two of which, Detroit and Texas, are leading their divisions.
I think we all believe Bard is the weak link among the starters, but 6.2 innings and 1 run against the Rays wasn't too shabby for his second MLB start ever. the biggest problem with Bard may be he can only reasonably pitch 150 innings this year. The big three should come around. My big concern is Buchholz, but I love how he bounced back after that horrendous first inning against the Rays.
Even the bullpen has potential as we have seen. Not Bailey or Melancon, both disasters. But Aceves can close, Morales has pitched well, and so have Padilla, Albers and Atchison. Taking 3 or 4 from the Rays, who came in with a winning record, was indeed a ray of hope for the season.