Re: Sox vs Yanks Starters
posted at 8/7/2011 1:04 AM EDT
Moon, are you saying that Boston should try to get a starter in addition to Bedard?
Before the deadline, I was for trying to get a legitiamte #2-3 guy. Bedard could be that guy, but injury issues and his ability to win under pressure are a bis suspect. I am glad we got Bedar vs doing nothing, but I had wished we did better. That being said, yes, I would like us to get a better starter than Bedard/lackey/Wake, but I don't see it happening as a waiver deal. Our best bet is for Buch to come back, or for one of the 3-5 starters stepping up their game. If I had to bet, I'd say there is a better than 50% chance that Buch, bedard, lackey, or Wake will do well enough to give us a good shot at a ring. My issue is that I feel like this team is really really good, but we are gambling on our hopes. I'd hate to see this line-up, Beckett, Lester, Bard and Paps not get a ring because we get shelled each game 3 and 4. (Remember, this year there will be less off days during the playoffs, and a 4th starter will be needed, unless we choose to pitch Beckett or Lester on extreme short rest.
The pen seems set, as does SS, for better or worse, and Iglesias probably won't be called up until September for late-inning defensive duty.
I agree. As you all know I prefer a great defender at SS, but we are OK there now. Lowrie's return can not hurt.
I'm not sure that "need" is the right idea, but should a decent RHed bat appear on the waiver wire.... Or are you content with McDonald and, possibly, Aviles, say, deep into the playoffs?
DMac has done better of late, and I like Aviles. I wanted Francouer, and I suppose we may get someone like him this month, but I do not see us losing because of not having someone better than DMac (although his fielding is not good in RF).
As for "deep into the playoffs", I am worried about no DH in the NL park (probably Philly) for 4 of 7 games. No Papi is hard to make up for.