Re: Two scenerios to consider regarding the playoffs.
posted at 9/17/2013 1:23 AM EDT
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
Two possible scenerios that may lead to embarrassment in the playoffs:
A. Oakland, the cheapskate , moneyball poster team, wins the AL pennent with a crew of castoffs from the Red Sox.
B. Detroit, bolstered by Iglesias, who gives them a player at shortstop to fill the gaping hole left by the suspension of Peralta..goes on to win the AL pennent.
While the 2013 season has been a terrific , unexpected surprise, surely the media will be shoving it down our throats if either A. or B. happens.
We all know that a season is measured by playoff success, not by regular season success.
I am not trying to throw a wet towel on the season, but just be prepared that I warned you that a season is only as great as what you do in playoffs and the Red Sox have helped some teams along the way , moves that could come back to bite them. Josh Reddick who was cold most of the season has caught fire in Sept. , and Jed Lowrie has also benn consisitent in Sept. Could it be our old friends will be back to haunt us?
Or, how about these scenarios?
1. Drew, Victorino, and Ellsbury (if he's healthy enough) contribute more than the so called "castoffs" crew of Lowrie, Reddick, and Crisp. I'll take my chances with the former.
2. Peavy pitches well in the playoffs leading to Red Sox wins. Peavy will likely have more of an effect on game results than Iglesias will or would have. The scenario without Peavy: Dempster is part of the playoff rotation. I don't know about you, but I'll take Peavy starting over Dempster. Without Iglesias, the Red Sox still have Drew, Middlebrooks, and Bogearts. Yes, maybe there's a dropoff in defense, but the offense is at least the same if not better, and certainly much better in terms of power production.
As others have mentioned, if either the A's or Tigers beat the Red Sox, it'll more likely have to do with pitching than Money Ball castoffs outperforming Red Sox mercenaries. And, if you just want to root for Money Ball castoffs, the Red Sox have their share. Consider Napoli, Carp, Nava, Breslow, and Uehara.
You're right about one thing though. The media will be shoving any result less than a World Series Championship down our throats. But many folks here, including you, will be aiding and abetting them.