Can the Red Sox win with this lineup?
The Sox have traded the two-time AL batting champ for two former Gold Glovers. Can the Sox make the playoffs with this new lineup?
It depends, can Doug Mientkiewicz and Orlando Cabrera loose their cool in typical boston fasion and start fights with the Yanks? If so maybe this will they can shake the Yanks and win cheaply because thats the only way the Sawx will win. Otherwise the dirty sox can spend another long cold new england winter pouting.
Tom, New York City
As a Yankee fan, this is another great trade. You got a shortstop who can't hold a candle to the one he's replacing and a backup first baseman. The Red Sox have done it again. Maybe Nomar will be riding a horse around the stadium at Wrigley after they win the world series.
Curt, New York
They had to do it. Nomar was not going to resign. Also he is not 100% healthy I bet he ends up on the DL by season's end. Cabrerra is rock solid defensively. I realize he is in the last year of his contract but who knows maybe he will enjoy playing in front of a packed house and see what life is like with a real team and then sign with us. 1st base now will not look like the keystone cops when the ball is hit that way. This will also allow Pokey or Bellhorn to excel at 2nd. The hitting will take a small downturn but I think in the long run this was about the best the could hope for.
brent, virginia beach,va
The Sox didn't win WITH Nomar. So, maybe no more Nomar will help make these guys more T-E-A-M oriented and LESS meeeeee configured. They score 6 but give up 7, oftentimes enough UNEARNED runs to make the difference between the "W" or "L" column.! I'd just as soon they score three while giving up two EARNED. What good comes from having the best hitting and pitching stats in the Bigs while being last in fielding percentage?
They can't win without his bat. Their replacements are great fielders but hit like Pokey Reese. Until they improve their bullpen, and find a bat to replace Nomar's such as Beltran, they are done for the season. I would prefer Sexton at first next year since he can hit and field.
Well, they sure as heck weren't winning with the old line up. I do this deal 100 times out of 100, and i expect the new lineup to be better at least 90 times.
Tim, Tempe, AZ
This lineup will not have a chance at winning (the wild card) unless they acquire a bat, one hitting behind Manny and Ortiz who can drive in runs. Even then, their chances are iffy. Pedro and Schilling have not shown that they are capable of shutting down a good opponent, and the rest of the rotation is shaky and inconsistent. Bronson is the steadiest starter at the moment. If Millar plays right field, you still have defensive holes. It is time to start rebuilding.
lonnie, raleigh, nc
Yes,We Can Win Because Now We Have Better Defense & More Speed.Nomar Wasn't Happy In Boston This Year & You Knew He Wasn't Gonna Resign With The Team,Plus He Has Some Sort Of Injury Every Year & Has To Miss Significant Time On The DL. So The Team Had To Trade Him Now To Get Something In Return For Him.And I Think The Sox Got 2 Great Players For Him Which Will Bring More Defense & Speed,Which Will Become Much Better For Us In 1 Run Games.Although I Still Believe We Need Another Front Line Starter.
Good riddens - I don't care if he's leading the league in every offencsive/defensive category - he is last in the most important - putting team before thyself. This took courage on the part of the front office - something this organization has never had until now. They did not address the flawed bullpen which will continue to be its albatross.
Defense wins championships here. Initially I hated this deal, only because I wish we could have gotten some pitching out of this, but this is a good deal. I'd much rather get two major leaguers who have proven talent than a draft pick when Nomar would have walked in the winter.