Re: DOES JOHN HENRY TRULY BELIEVE HE CAN STAND PAT THIS OFF SEASON WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE?
posted at 12/8/2011 6:23 PM EST
In Response to Re: DOES JOHN HENRY TRULY BELIEVE HE CAN STAND PAT THIS OFF SEASON WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE?
[QUOTE]Not sure what ya mean by "who failed?". I did speak repeatedly about hoping that ownership doesn't allow this years team to fail by not adding the pieces required to make a legit run at a ring. Is that what ya mean? Last years Sept. collapse was, of course, the greatest collective failure in baseball history. No team has ever been 9 games up on Sept. 4th only to stumble all the way out of the playoffs. Lackey was a complete bust-worst starter numbers in Red Sox history while making $16 million.....wowsa! Crawford was mediocrity defined and at $21 mil must be considered a huge failure, in spite of how well Ellsbury did. One guy has nothing to do with the other. Look, this ownership group ponied up the dough bigtime last season. They are only guilty of trusting a proven to be inept Theo with whom to spend the money on and for how much. I'm sure nobody was more hurt and offended by the Sept. collapse than John Henry and the group. But now it's time to put away the hankerchiefs and focus on the coming season. We have no closer and a bullpen in shambles, only 2 guaranteed starters (Buch's gotta be viewed with suspicion. Low back fractures are usually congenital and very prone to reoccurence, especially in repetitive motion situations-like a pitcher's delivery.), no right fielder,etc. In short, we simply are 4-5 pieces away from being able to compete for a ring. So far, the Red Sox are behaving as if they don't have a need in the world. We'll see how we look in a month, and I certainly hope to be singing the praises of an ownership group that bucked up in the face of adversity and got our team what it needed to compete. Nothing would make me happier. We've seen years where they have and haven't opened their checkbooks, and this is sure looking like the former which would be a shame. As Pinstripezac so deftly pointed out in this very thread, not spending this season would be like saving $15 or $20 million and blowing $170 million. We're too expensive and good of a team not to add the final pieces needed. It would be pennywise and pound foolish, as I've said before. In Response to Re: DOES JOHN HENRY TRULY BELIEVE HE CAN STAND PAT THIS OFF SEASON WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE? :
Posted by Teakus[/QUOTE]
Actually, the greatest collective failure, whatever that means, in Baseball was accomplished by the Yankees in 2004 ALCS.
I bashed Lackey all season long. Newsflash - Lackey needed Tommy John surgery. In other words, he was pitching with a severe injury all season long.
Crawford didn't make $21 million last year. He made $14.8. And yes, he had a bad year, but the red sox still had the best offense in the AL.
They fell apart in September because of pitching - period. They fell apart because Lackey needed TJ surgery, Beckett had a bad ankle, Buch had a broken Back, Dice-K needed TJ surgery, and Wakefield was making his 22nd and 23rd starts of the season, which were about 15 more starts that anyone expected himn to make in 2011. the fell apart in September because 2 of the 3 blown saves Pap all year long occurred in September.
Had they been able to field the same team they were fielding in June and July, they would have won the WS.
But if you need to rant and rave, then be my guest. But the reason they fell apart was because of a lack of healthy starting pitching. The Red Sox ranked 3rd for the month of September in scoring - clearly the offense played well enough to win. But they ranked dead last in pitching with an era of 5.84, nearly 6 runs a game.