The Best Offense is a consistent Offense
posted at 12/20/2011 9:01 PM EST
Last off season, the uneasiness for me started with the Carl Crawford signing. I was very surprised, especially right on the heels of the A-Gon trade. I really thought Jason Werth, would be well, worth it. When the team got off to that attrocious start, the uneasiness took hold a little deeper. Then A-Gon just wasn't hitting the ball to left field as advertised and things just didn't seem right for all of April. JD Drew was a black hole offensively, and Youk struggled as well. Before that got to too big of a concern the team was pitching, hitting, especially Ells and A-Gon and the wins began to pile up.
The season ended dramatically with an epic collapse and coming from the beaks of Buck's Orioles made it specially gnawing. We need a RH bat some shouted. No, we don't! was the opposing retort, we have the most runs scored, or the highest OPS or whatever they referenced that seemed to make sense numerically, but not in reality. Some of us remembered the lop-sided wins that inflated the numbers our critics turned against us, (that was quite crafty on their part) and we said "see, look here 18-9 one day, 9-13 totaled in the next
two games, that's 27-22 Boston, why did we lose two out of three?"
The reason was....consistency, and really the lack thereof. An Iowa Physicist and Cardinals fan Kerry Whisnant says, "My study shows that runs alone don't tell the whole story," he said. "Consistency is another factor. You want to score runs, and you want to be consistent."
Across an entire 162-game season, Whisnant said more consistency could mean two additional wins. And that can be the difference between making the playoffs and calling it quits the first week in October.
This is the validation of what I've been thinking about last year's team and the issues with it's offense. The Sox BTW, scored 8 more runs than the Yankees.