In response to Joebreidey's comment:
In response to Schumpeters-Ghost's comment:
In response to Alibiike's comment:
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.
Well that doesn't make a bit of sense.
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.
It is your opinion that we have an average rotation. we were 27th in team ERA last year. How does the addition of Dempster and loss of Beckett help?
As far as great hitting, how is the team better offensively than it was before the Agon trade? it's certainly worse defensively, so any gain (which I doubt there is) would be nullified by weaker fielding.