Who's got the buzz?
posted at 8/1/2007 4:49 PM EDT
Guys: Pitching wins post-season series. This was a great move.
Will this team hit? I don't know, but I have to believe that it will - Papi hit two last night, and Manny's been gangbusters. Let's face it, the heart of the order hasn't been clicking most of the season and if these two start thumping, the offense won't be a problem.
Okajima has pitched over 50 innings already and has never pitched more than 70. That alone is reason enough to get a reliever. And Gagne isn't just another reliever, he's a great one.
We have the best bullpen in baseball, and excellent starters. With Gagne in the pen, all we need the starters to do is go six or seven - Gagne, Okey and Pap will/should shut down the rest of the game.
I don't like giving up Gabbard, but he's performed beyond expectations and if one of the young arms has to go it only makes sense that it be him. The truth is his promise is probably no more than that of guys like Suppan, Fossum and even Arroyo - a serviceable pitcher with a .500 career record who will have occasional moments of brilliance.
They tried for Dye, but the ChiSox wanted too much. That was the right decision. They preserved the core of the future while improving their chances for the now.
The 2007 Red Sox have a legitimate shot at a World Series title - they have 64 wins, three more than the next closest team. They are in first place by seven games. It would be ridiculous for Theo to take a shot at 2008 and 2009 when he has 2007 in his hands.
The Gagne trade solidified the division title and makes a World Championship more of a possibility. I'll happily take the championship this year and worry about 2008 next year.