Re: For the "Put Aceves in the rotation argument " people
posted at 7/27/2011 1:40 PM EDT
I know John Lackey is everyone's favorite whipping boy and loves to focus in on his season ERA, but I don't think he should be considered a No. 5 at this point.
We'll know even more after tonight, but his ERA in his last five starts is 3.99. That's plenty good for a No. 4 or even a No. 3. And his ERA in his last three starts is 1.86. Yes, like everyone else, I sort of hold my breath still when he pitches but he has separated himself from Wake, Miller, et .al.
So right now, I'd say the Sox have a No. 1, No. 2 (or two No. 1s), a No. 4 and two No. 5s.
As a No. 5 starter, I'm comfortable with Wake. I know people like to point to the seven runs last game and a 5.15 ERA, but if it weren't for the big lead, he'd likely been taken out sooner and his ERA would be under 5 and in a perfect range for a No.5 starter. And he has shown he's capable of a lights-out effort.
Miller has been regressing, so I'm not as hopeful about him right now. He seems to need to go back to Pawtucket and work on his stuff a bit more.
As for Aceves, the focus on the thread to start, I say leave him in the bullpen. It's too much of an unknown on how he'd do and you'd be creating a hole in the bullpen. The bullpen is emerging as a decent strength. Aceves, Albers, Bard and Papelpon have been very consistent in close games, and even Wheeler seems to have turned it around since coming off the DL. I say don't mess with success.
Oh, and even Morales has been decent overall. He's allowed earned runs in just three of 13 games (allowed runs in four games overall) and has allowed runs in just two of his last 11. And in the the three games he's allowed runs, the games were already blowouts.