Re: Titos a bum
posted at 5/6/2011 7:22 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Titos a bum
[QUOTE]so they didn't win last year because of injuries. Glad you brought it up. SO HERE IS THE 64,000 QUESTION: WHY IS THE TEAM PLAYING SO POORLY THIS YEAR? Ever consider the leadership just isn't there? I really do not care what MLB says they are wrong, he is not one of the best baseball managers and never will be. Look at the stacked roster he has and look at the results. Did it ever occur to you, just perhaps, he is the problem? In Response to Re: Titos a bum :
Posted by REDSOX-11[/QUOTE]The roster is stacked on paper but it isn't playing like it on the field. And really if you parse through the paper, the hype around the 2011 RS was just that, hype.
Judging pitching on paper is always dangerous for one thing. But let's have some sobriety about even what they were coming into 2011 on paper.
Beckett and Dice K had injury marred 2010 campaigns. Lackey was nothing special with a higher than average ERA and WHIP. Buchholz had tremendous luck in terms of ball hit into play becoming outs in 2010, far more outs per hit in play than what a pitcher experiences most years. Lester is a slow starter and was last year.
The bullpen looked improved (that wasn't hard) but relievers are so off and on it is hard to project those guys (look at Wheeler and Jenks). And BTW between them Paps and Bard blew 15 save opportunities last year. This was not a top 5 AL staff in 2010 and the only roster changes were set-up relief.
A-Gon and Crawford basically replaced the production of Beltre and VMart, but Salty/Tek assured the production of one of the replacement OFers from 2010 would be a regular feature of the 2011 offense.
So really the difference will be getting better starting pitching than 2010 and more games out of Youk and Pedroia who are off to poor starts. That is stil attainable. The team is 12-7 after the 2-10 start. If they maintain the 12-7 pace which sounds likely the team will still win 95 games even with the 2-10 start.
About what should have been expected from this roster IMO. The problem isn't Francona or Epstein IMO, the problem is too many fans unrealistic expectations coming into this season and every season.
You can't argue that the 2010 RS should have been a playoff team and claim objectivity. So flipping the question to a 31 game sample set while good debating form doesn't change the fact that while you think others are apologists your critique is a bit harsh and myopic, IMHO.