Gloom and doom? Why when you look at the numbers
posted at 1/17/2012 10:30 AM EST
I see last years Red Sox team that went 7-20 in Sept. and they still won 90 games. Now to the concerns for this year ..the number 4 and 5 starter??????
38% of the games started last season or 63 games were by Wakefield / Lackey/ Miller for an ERA in the 5.65 range. Who cares who pitches it will be better than that ... it will be that is plain and simple.
The bullpen will be about the same maybe a bit lower but we can't say that now especially with Bard having those struggles.
Ellsbury will not have the same year but he will be great.
Pedroia - status quo
Gonzalez - average will not be as high but his power will be greater
Youk - if he is healthy will be on pace for last year
Crawford - we all expect a big bump here
Ortiz - a slight decline can be expected
Salty / Shoppach - I think we can see increased offense
Scutaro - about the same
RF - production can't worse than last year ...can it?
I see a better offensive and defensive team because of Sweeney and Crawford who will improve .. Shoppach helps too
The Rays we say it every year they can't do it again but at some point they will have an injury or the cheap bats won't produce .. they are just going to be around.
The Yankees are good yes but am I scared of Arod Jeter Tex ? Hardly
It is not as bad as we think.