Re: Why Does Everyone Think Hanrahan is Great? Didn't we hear the same thing with Bailey last winter?
posted at 12/24/2012 9:59 AM EST
In response to Schumpeters-Ghost's comment:
In response to Alibiike's comment:
Well that doesn't make a bit of sense.
You seem to forget that the best BP in the majors doesn't mean a thing with a mediocre rotation, which is what we have.
The Sox have done a tremendous job of building the bullpen this offseason. And yes, shortening games for the starters will help win ball games.
It was a silly post to even respond to in the first place.
1-We have an above-average rotation.
2-Even if it was only a mediocre rotation, a team with a average ERA, great BP and great hitting will still win a lot of games.
Some posters actually don't understand this concept, amazingly enough, but if you have an average rotation, average BP, and average offense, you win 81 games. If you above-average in one cat, you win more than 81, and if you are above-average in two, you win even more.
Past that, or perhaps as a corrollary to the that, W/L is primarily a function of RS and RA. Everytime you make a move that allows less runs, it improves your W/L. The scoreboard doesn't differentiate how you reduced the oppsing team's ability to score. 6 good innings by the SP and three mediocre innings by the BP looks about the same to the scoreboard as 6 mediocre innings from the SP and 3 great innings from the BP.