Yanks getting closer... you worried?
posted at 6/18/2007 10:27 AM EDT
I think the point he was trying to make was accurate. This slump has really been on the offensive bats, not the pitching. The pitching struggles, really, have only been a few recent games, and when things go south, eventually everyone falls into the slump. But c'mon! Even most of the Red Sox wins of late have been "2-1" or "1-0" games. Had it not been for the pitching, the Red Sox might have only won 1 or 2 of their last 10-15 games!
I don't know where you're getting all that. In the month of June (16 games), the Sox are now back up to .500: 8-8. In 8 of those games, Sox pitching gave up 3 or fewer runs. The other 8 they gave up 5 or more.
Now, it's hard for me to rag TOO hard on this staff, as it has given up the 3rd fewest runs in MLB. But going back to what I originally said, can you disagree? Tavarez has had a game or two this season that he pitched well. But I'd say his 4-4 record and 4.97 ERA scream that he shouldn't be in the starting rotation. Daisucky, with his 8-5 record and 4.18 ERA don't seem front-end to me, which is why he's #3. But for my money, I'd rather see those stats at #4 or 5. And I think the reason why is that I've seen him pitch. In 14 starts, he's had 5 games that look really bad on paper. But I'd argue that some of the other 9, even though he didn't give up as many runs as his bad games, he didn't pitch well - just somehow got out of some scrapes.
But whatever. I dont' say any of this as an argument that the offense is good. I'm not an idiot. This offense sucks. Crisp is sooooo bad, and I would assume the only reason he's still in the lineup is for defense. Lugo, on the other hand? How is HE still playing? Bringing absolutely NOTHING to the team. No offense. No defense. I don't know HOW the hell he has so many RBIs and stolen bases. I could care less, though. I'd trade all that in a heartbeat for someone that can get on base more often. And on top of these horrible offensive players, let's throw in the fact that certain players (who go without saying) aren't quite doing what they're expected to do. And then there's Drew.....
I agree with you about the management's stupidity about Hanley Ramirez. But Trot Nixon?!? I love the guy, but he won't stay healthy and simply can't be dependable as a starting fielder (though I suppose Drew wasn't the best alternative, given his injury history).
Don't misunderstand. I've always loved Trot as well, but wanted to seem him supplanted in RF for a LONG time. But Drew? It's amazing that Drew's agent (or whoever) could feed Theo and the gang a line that would make them look past Drew's history. And it's even MORE amazing that Theo and gang could turn around, spin the same load of crap to RSN, and WE all bought it (well, not me). You want to upgrade Trot? Fine. I understand. I love him, but it's for the best. So how 'bout you go get someone whose career doesn't look EXACTLY the same? Do you think I'm exaggerating? Check it out.
Nixon - 1,037 career games, 3,472 career at bats (rookie season 1999)
Drew - 1,019 career games, 3,359 career at bats (rookie season 1999)
Nixon - career .276, 957 hits, 569 runs, 135 HR, 215 2B, 28 3B, 546 RBI
Drew - career .284, 953 hits, 642 runs, 166 HR, 169 2B, 34 3B, 537 RBI
See what I mean? But everyone was SO excited that Nixon was be replaced by the awesome Drew. Gimme a break.