Re: Why are the Sox Winning?
posted at 7/5/2013 12:01 PM EDT
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
In response to craze4sox's comment:
In response to TexasPat's comment:
Let's face it...on paper, the Sox aren't a very imposing team. Yet, here they are, in first place in the rugged AL East. They have accomplished this despite having an average bullpen...and are being carried primarily by their starting pitching. Here are the team stats: http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/stats/batting/_/name/bos/boston-red-sox
With a traditionally tough West Coast swing ahead of them...what must the Sox management do, if anything, to see to it that the Old Towne Team continues to drive and thrive in the second half of the season? Add a bat? Pitching help? Through help on the farm in Triple A?
The team is better than most expected, especially if guys like Gomes keep contributing. We have depth, chemistry and a solid manager. What we still lack in my opinion is another solid SP to push us past the top contenders in the regular and PS. We also won't get by with Bailey or U as our closer all season.
As of this morning our SP is second in the league in ERA at 3.72. The Tigers are first at 3.71. If Buchholtz can get healthy we will have all five of our SP available plus Aceves and Webster available as depth. I would imagine that Workman or Ranaudo could start a game in an emergency as well, and when Morales gets back he is another option. IMO our main weakness is in the bullpen where we rank 11th. Koji cannot close all year; he is too fragile to do that IMO. Thats where the focus should be to bolster the team's chances.
I saw that stat yesterday but our SP won't be all that if we make the PS. Jon, in my opinion could benefit by losing some weight but has pitched well in previous big games. Lackey I'm thrilled with at this point and hope it continues. Clays health is always unpredictable, he has spent way too much time on the DL every year so you never know where he will pick up when he returns. Dempster and Doub "at best" are both fifth starters with very little control. Webster? No, not yet and Aceves is always an option but very unpredictable.
Garza would give us the edge over anyone in the PS. He is a solid number 3/4 who we don't have in Dempster or Doub. I know we won't but I would still package Doub for a two month rental of a proven "big game" guy like Garza, or try and pull off a sign and trade. If we really feel Webster is the next real deal which I really question, then trade Doub now and upgrade to Garza before the PS.