Re: Aviles vs Scutaro
posted at 4/25/2012 11:06 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Aviles vs Scutaro
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Aviles vs Scutaro : Concur. As you imply, kudos to the front office. Relatedly, we all have said Ben should have gone after a starter. But right now it looks as though the Sox have a surfeit of starters--none of them all that good, granted--and that the biggest problem is the bullpen, which is where Cherington did make two big moves, Melancon and Bailey, neither of which has paid off.
Posted by maxbialystock[/QUOTE]
The funny thing about the criticism of not going out for a starter is this. Fans have praised the Rays for having all those home-grown starters and rip the Sox for FAs like Lackey.
So the Sox put Bard and Doubront in the rotation, which would give them four home-grown starters, yet there's still the criticism of not going for a starter.
I have questioned whether Bard can hack it as a starter because of his experience in the minor league. But looking at what Bard did in his last start, if he has another great start, I'd still consider keeping in the rotation.
I know the bullpen has been a struggle, but I don't think it will stay as bad as it has been. Melancon (sp?) has pitched well in Pawtucket, and there might be other arms down there.
If Bard really can be a top starter, they're hard to find, so I'd hate to move him from there. With Bailey coming back later in the year, maybe sacrificing the short term for the long term might be the best rout.
I just don't think either choice with Bard is a no-brainer.