Re: Sox still not a contending team
posted at 12/17/2012 8:50 AM EST
In response to boborielly224's comment:
Some people must have one hell of crystal ball. Predicting the future already, yes i will also say it is only December. On paper a team can look great, so far what i see on the sox roster is a 3 year build.
Next year will be an difficult prediction. The players on the team will want something to prove.
The positive attitude is what i am seeing so far on this roster. Their will be remaining players from last years roster wanting to redeem themselves, for the new signings will be players with a chip on their shoulder wanting to prove something. This looks like a medicore team that can actually gel together and make something happen.
Papi, Ellsbury, Middlebrooks, Lackey and Ped injuries last year if healthy will be playing with a chip on their shoulder.
Gomes and Napoli will be a positive attitude in the dug out.
Iggy and Ross will be the defensive minded players.
Victorino is some extra speed in the line up.
Dempster was not first choice but can avg. 180 to 200 innings
Lester, Buch and Doubront will be unpredictable but better with Farrell managing
The bull pen will be a better improvement than last year
Salty if his SO's decline, he will knock in more runs then last year
Overall I feel better that this team will have lower expectations then the previous 2 years of high expectations.
What make syou think the pitching will be better with Farrell managing? Seems to me that the staff ERA increased when he was pitching coach.