Re: Tied for first--sort of
posted at 5/27/2011 12:36 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Tied for first--sort of
[QUOTE]Wrong! This team barometer is Lester, Beckett, Buch, AGon, Pedroia and Youk. When Buch returned to from and AGon turned it on and Youk started slugging is when the team turned North. But given someone who claimed AGon would be selling tickets in San Diego, this spring, who would be suprised how out to lunch you are.
Posted by SoxSoldRed[/QUOTE]
Els's WAR is currently sitting at 1.5, Pedrioa's at 1.6, making them incredibly comperable to what they've given the Sox this season (Els has produced much better than Pedrioa, however Pedrioa plays a position with a much worse replacement, as the average second baseman isn't as good as the average CF). This makes them equal in importance to the team thus far in the season.
The lack of Wake in the 'pen would've made us dip into the minor leagues for a starter, with Doubrant injured at the time, that's a crapshoot at best.
The main point of this post is you cannot discredit Lowrie, Ellsbury, or Wakefield by bringing up impact of our other players, instead you need to discuss what we would have without them.
Replacing Ellsbury would be incredibly difficult without getting a downgrade
. In comparison to other centerfielders, he's 11th in WAR, 4th in OBP, and 6th in OPS.
His fielding is almost impossible to accurately judge at the moment. Doubt was casted on his fielding by his UZR in 2009, however, UZR ratings are meant to be taken over large
samples. More than one season, preferably 3. So after 2010 we where suppose to get a good tell of what kind of fielder Els is, however he was injured the entire season.
basketball. A team can't win with one or two stars leading the way. Gonzo and Youk needs Els, Lowrie, and Ortiz around them, otherwise this team will lose. Good hitters fail 70% of the time.