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?
If the sox can win without Tom Brunansky, then we can do anything.. Maybe we can bring Dante Bichette up from the Nashua Pride
david , Methuen
No because Nomar won't be here anymore and you will lose out on the home run guy
I agree totally with Jay from Boston! Theo has brought players (Ortiz, Mueller, Schilling,Foulk,etc.)to this club that everyone forgets about. Nomar has missed a ton of games and didn't want to be here on our team.I've seen to many times players leaving town and getting nothing for. Nomar had told Red Sox management that he was going to need many games off in August to rest his ankle to play in the playoffs. (Which they told Chicago Cubs prior to the trade) Ask yourself, was this team going to make it to the playoffs with Nomar taking a day or two off a week . And even bigger question, was this team going to win games in the playoffs with Nomar sitting on the back of the bench when all his team mates are standing up applauding their teamates at the plate ? I think NOT.Nomar did great things here prior to last year and I thank him from the bottom of my heart. But I honestly feel this is the best thing for the Red Sox ! Nomar refused $60 million dollars for 4 years prior to the season starting. I think that he's thinking now about that. He won't get an average now of $15 million per yr. Thanks again Nomar, but I,like many, feel that this is the best for Red Sox Nation....
Rick, Glocester, RI
I think they can, but they won't.
Fabio, Cleveland Heights, OH
Of course they can. They have a shortstop that won't be sitting out depending on his mood, they've upgraded defensively at short, first, and right field with Roberts. They've become faster and better defensively and have more options now with the ability to alternate Poker/Bellhorn and Millar/Mienciwiecz/Kapler/Roberts based on matchups and for defense. Plus Cabrera numbers should improve hitting in Fenway, there's a reason Nomars average drops by 80 points on the road. The only people upset are the people who fall in love with our local players, these are the same people who were upset we traded Drew Bledsoe, they aren't looking at it rationally.
It was inevitable! Nomar was great, We all loved him very much while he was here; unfortunatley, things have happened on both sides that have made this marriage a disaster as of late. Read Shaunessey today! He was a becoming a cancer, he was having no fun, he has a new life, new family; it was all different when he was new to us, 40,000 screaming his name every night 7 years ago. It became somewhat stale, he wasn't comfortable anymore; this was the best thing for him and US. Theo, in my mind showed his brilliant self yet again. There was no way #5 was putting on our uni next year and Hendry knew it. Clement was never coming here. Theo worked a miracle to get what he got, and Hendry gave up next to nothing for a shortstop for 60 days. We have always said it, he is going WEST. Please do not overlook what we got. Two good players who could very well help this team into the playoffs. Let's face it, they weren't going so well with Nomar there, step back and give these guys a chance for a bit, see what happens ( with both Chicago and Boston). We are the most knowledgable fan base! Everything is going to be alright, I feel the pain you all feel, but it's like breaking up with a girlfriend....it takes time!!!
Peter, Chicago (originally Dorchester)
A firm No. The Red Sox do not have the bats to keep up with the A.L. playoff contenders. They lost a great bat and got two subpar bats which do not not deliver RBIs. Perhaps the Red Sox Management should try an approach of their own, instead of trying to be the Yankees. Why do the Red Sox keep mortgaging their past, present and future trying to beat the Yankees at their own game? They were so close last year and instead of relying on their team they decided it would be best to mess around with the "heart" of their roster in the offseason. Once again the entire Red Sox Nation will pay the price for an over zealous, wanna be Yankees front office running the Red Sox. You can't beat the Evil Empire with an Evil Empire of your own or in the Red Sox case and over priced bargain basement version of it. In October, we will have to watch another non-Yankees organization beat the Yankees in the post season.
I am sorry about how this has all turned out but if Nomar was as unhappy as he seemed, then it is for the best. However, as much as defense has been a problem this year, so has clutch hitting. I've never seen a team strike out so much with bases loaded. Maybe what we need most of all is a hitting coach with a new approach. The Red Sox have always been one of the higher average teams and rarely the strike out machine we are right now.
Don, Ft. Worth
While it pains me to see Nomah go, as he was my favorite player for a long time, this was a move that needed to be done. The writing was on the wall folks, Nomar was NOT, regardless of what you may or may not have heard, going to resign at the end of the season... And so, unlike Mr. Duquette, a la Clemens and Vaughn, Theo decided to cut his losses and at least get something in return. And he did, he got two SUBSTANTIAL defensive upgrades at first and short, and as much as I hate to say it, despite all of Petey's whining about his contract, he still has the fire, Nomar, not so much. So I wish Nomar the best, but I think we are still fielding and equally competative team, cause seriously, what has nomie provided offensively this year, and we have the pitching, esp now with Lowe getting some help behind him... Don't lose faith people, its a tough move to take emotionally, but on a baseball only level, it makes sense (although I still wish Clement had been in the deal)
Devin, Oxford MA
One of the worst trades in Sox history. It's even worse than the Bagwell-Anderson debacle because at least Anderson helped win the division; these guys won't. The sox needed defense, but they didn't need in in spite of the offense and their future prospects. That's like trading Schilling because we need a mediocre set-up guy. By the way, I did like picking up a former gold glove winning infielder when I first heard about it. Of course, his name was Pokey Reese and we weren't losing Nomar to get him. Short answer: No. Sox won't even make the playoffs.
Paul, LA (Lower Allston)