Re: What needs to happen
posted at 5/9/2012 1:02 AM EDT
In Response to Re: What needs to happen
[QUOTE]They need to sign Jason Varitek as a personal coach for Lavernaway. I have to think that the catching is at least some of the problem for the pitching and they could use Laevernaway's bat too. Bard may have lost some control in the 8th but he was still blazing away at 95mph
so it's not a running out of gas issue with him its concentration. Plus until tonight he had the lowest era out of the starters although that's not saying much I guess. When is Bailey supposed to be back? July? Can they sign Oswalt now? With him and DiceK they can rest Beckett when he gets a hangnail later in the season.
Posted by stillgridlocked[/QUOTE]
There is a difference between a power pitcher and a hurler. Tom Seaver was a power pitcher, Nolan Ryan was a hurler. Bard might work his way to power pitcher someday but, even with all his talent, he's still just a hurler. And, I don't necessarily see, nor do I mean that as an insult. Bard needs to develop, evolve and mature into a pitcher, .. or he might as well be put back in the pen. The question is do the RS want to allow that and can they, .. all things considered?
Keep in mind. that Ryan was mostly a .500 pitcher thourghout his career, (162 game average is 14-13), and baseball was different then. There is a much greater appreaciation for reliefe pitchers and closer now than when Ryan was starting out. I'd go as far as saying, that if Ryan was starting out today, ... with his ability to throw it past people, ... he's be slotted as a closer.
Bard's best career option, in my opinion, is in the pen. He certainly has talent. Unless he wants to completely evolve into something he's yet to show the RS are wasting him in the rotation. But, that only underscores the fact the the FO has done a poor job of constructing their roster.
The season is still early bit the RS are behind and fading. The need to ramp it up or start thinking abour nert year. Frankly, I hope it's the former because the AL East racce is far more interesting WITH the RS than without.