Re: What the sam hill is going on here?
posted at 4/27/2013 10:33 AM EDT
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to georom4's comment:
but way better to root for than last couple of teams
I agree. C. Until they have played half the season and are still winning. Its way too early to annoint this team as being anything more than a patchwork group of hard nosed players who are really not that good-like Dempster, Doubront, Lackey, Gomes etc etc. On July 1 if they are still playing good baseball I will give them the benefit of the doubt, but as a fan who has been through a lot of crap over the past couple of years, I am not giving them that benefit just yet.
I won't speak about Gomes because I know little of him, but as to Lackey, Doubrant and Dempster I will write. To say they are really not that good is your judgment call but as I've said so many times on this site a players career can be very long and over that time there are usually many ups and downs. Witness Papi who after a number of great years with our Sox was nearly ridden out of town on a rail, and is now doing very well these past seasons.
In the same tone Dempster has certainly had his down year but he has also had many fine seasons so he is far from "really not that good" and so far has pitched pretty well for the home town team. As for Lackey, he was a very good pitcher in LA, but of course with the Sox he hasn't exactly been lights out but how much of that had to do with arm issues. Only time will tell but I think he'll be back and become a very solid 3-4 pitcher.
As for Felix Doubrant, he has just begun his major league career with only one full season under his belt. At 25 years young he (I believe) will only get better as he hones his craft so to put him in your category "really not that good" is unwarranted and just plain WRONG.
On another matter I predicted this club to win 75-81 games, of course facetiously predicted a 162-0 record but I'm very pleasantly surprised at the start and very optimistic about this teams future. I still view this year and next as rebuilding bridge years but if Cherington continues to surprise us with moves that bring in players that are "really not that good" that can help this club win all the better.
Sometimes club atmosphere can take the place of raw talent and produce a winner. It's early but I like what I see so far.