Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part II
posted at 5/15/2011 5:29 PM EDT
A rainy day has given me the opportunity to catch up with you all, although much of what I'm reading is just plain painful with all the bickering going on. The team is finally putting it all together and I truly believe that TODAY is the DAY we finally get to .500. It's been a long climb from 2-10. I've been watching all the games but between the high school season and AAU basketball I've had very little time to post. Thanks for the kind words Amp so I'm back and here are a few of my observations...
Welcome back jid.
While the CERA numbers still favor Tek in a big way, I think Salty is getting better every day. It helps Tek's numbers to be catching the red hot Becket while Salty has to catch the ice cold Lackey, but... I think Lackey's issues may be as much off the field as on. Clearly he isn't missing any bats, and when he's not throwing balls, his strikes are right down the middle. Not sure what Salty can do about that; Lackey's a veteran and will simply have to either pitch his way out of the funk or take a turn or two off to get his head cleared.
The way CERA works, or should be used, it doesn't matter who catches who. The only comaprisons that should be used are with pitchers that both salty and VTek have caught enough innings to be significant.
You wont see harness or I distort the numbers or move the goalposts to make a point. It's not our style.
It may be absurd to pay a number eight hitter >$20mil per year, but until someone else struggles there is no one to bump to make room for Crawford. And he does lengthen the lineup and has delivered two walk-offs from that spot. It ain't broke right now so no sense in fixing it.
Well, Pedey is coming close to that point.
Pedey and Youk are both hitting way below expectations but they both are still getting on base and playing great defense!
Albers has been a God-send to the otherwise shaky bullpen.
Yes, and it shows why it is a good strategy to have 10-12 pitchers to choose from to fill the last 3-4 slots on a staff.
The Drew/Cameron platoon is providing great right-field play and lately is providing some tough at-bats. In fact, in spite of a very disappointing start, the defense on the whole has been superb this season.
Cam has looked great in RF.
Softy was correct when he said (when he was hitting over .500) that Lowrie would cool off. He's cooled all the way down to about .330 and is one of the toughest outs in a very deep line-up. His other pet whipping boy, Jacoby, is runner-up to AGon as the team's MVP so far.
My two cents on the Jeter GG discussion; I have always been a huge Jeter fan. He plays the game the way it's supposed to be played and epitomizes class as far as I'm concerned. But even in his best days he was never more than a very sure-handed, very limited-range shortstop.
Jeter has been a great offensive SS and a top class act. He makes the plays hit at him, but for a SS, range is critical and a big part of who deserves to be called the best. It surprises me that the some people who
criticize Jed's SS game for being sure-handed but very limited in range, are now praising Jeter's similar defensive game. I'm not saying Jed is as good as Jeter on defense. His sample size is too small, but the numbers show they both lack in range ability.
My final thought, for now at least, is what an absolute joy it is to watch our first baseman play the game. Great swing, great glove, great situational hitter. Last night CC struck him out on a high heater his first time up and made him look a little silly. When he tried to sneak another one by him in the 7th it left the park as quickly as any home run I've seen lately. And isn't it great to see him going the other way so beautifully in Fenway and then turning on balls to pull in Yankee Stadium.
I hate paying big for a position that is loaded with talent in this league, but this guy is and will be worth every penny. Now, if Crawford could just earn half his pay, we might win this thing.
Now can't we all just get along????
"Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right..."