Re: Varitek Should Start: We need a catcher now who can stabilize this rotation
posted at 4/19/2011 1:04 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Varitek Should Start: We need a catcher now who can stabilize this rotation
[QUOTE]Another WIN with V-TEK as the signal caller behind the plate. Beckett's line: one run on three hits over seven innings while recording two walks and nine strikeouts. Time to start V-TEK and place Salty as the back up! Beofre today Varitek has caught three games thusfar, which isn’t a huge sample size, but hear me out. One was Daisuke who was a seesaw all season last year, and has always been horribly inconsistent.
The other two? Josh Beckett’s 8 INN, 10K, 0 ER performance against the Yanks, and Lester’s 7 INN, 8K, 3 ER performance against the Rays. Salty gave up
26 ER against the Rangers (3 games), 10 ER against the Yankees (2 games), and 16 ER in the one game against the Rays, a team that couldn’t generate ANY offense prior to playing us. Now, how is someone going to say it’s the pitching staff?
Posted by kmr2318[/QUOTE]This where a lot of folks lose me. Dice-K has a bad game with Tek behind the plate and it is Dice K. But I am sure many Tekkies are going to point at today's game and say that Tek is why Dice K threw a one hitter.
And for the record, it was the pitchers and not the catcher that gave up the runs. Pitchers are far from morons when it comes to their craft and if the catcher is calling for pitches they are not comfortable with they will shake him off. Just watch how often Beckett shook off Tek in the last two starts. The RS have had some pretty lousy starts early featuring bad command of the zone and they have paid for it dearly, as have the relievers on occasion.
Now I will not contest that pitchers have always enjoyed working with Jason Varitek but they are the masters of their destiny not the catcher. Pedro Martinez would have won 20 a year pitching to a old tire hung from a tree and John Smoltz was toast by the time he got to Boston and no matter what Tek called hitters were going to hammer it.
And honestly I don't think Jason Varitek can physically catch the majority of the workload at his age. It would not take but a few weeks IMO for his defense to suffer and his bat to get even slower. And a slow bat for a guy who can't layoff of high heat is a real bad thing. It would get ugly and faster than many think IMO. People forget how bad Jason looked in July of 2009 and it isn't his fault, it is his age at a very physically demanding position.
Salty may not be the answer at catcher in the long term but it is for the moment the horse they brought to the track 5 out of every 7 games.
Just my take