Re: It's never been "The Pitching"
posted at 5/9/2012 12:52 PM EDT
We certainly have too many 0-3 runs scored games for being near the top in scoring: nobody is saying otherwise, but I still don't blame the offense, particularly because we are missing 1/3rd of it due to injuries.
Look at it this way: Change all of our massive offensive games (8 games with 10+ runs) to 7 runs scored and that would subtract 36 runs from our total, leaving us with 123 runs scored, we'd still be better than average in MLB. That's with not doing the same adjustment to the other teams as well!
We need more balanced scoring, but it is nearly an impossible problem to solve. You can't sign or trade for "clutch hitters", because their are none (who can sustain it for a career). Having a more balanced line-up "top to bottom" and Lefty-righty" helps, but we have actually improved in these areas since last year to no avail (so far).
People (with softy as their leader) are screaming for a big RH'd bat, claiming the unbalnced line up is hurting us vs LHPs...
vs RH starters: 4.85
vs LH starters: 6.89
vs RHPs: .757
vs LHPs: .866
Last year, softy led the charge of posters claiming our 6-9 hitters were too bad compared to others. I showed that only 3 teams had a slightly better bottom of the order than us.
Compared to last year, here's how our line-up compares:
1 .755 .903
2 .891 .827
3 .766 .916
4 .615 .861
5 1.028 .885
6 1.024 .695
7 .722 .778
8 .801 .629
9 .446 .757
Now, our problem appears to be our 1 and 3/4 hitters, not 6, 7, 8.
(Yes, our #9 hitter has been atrocious.)
Hopefully, getting Ellsbury back in the 1 slot will help balance the line-up. I'm not counting on CC doing much better offensively than Ross/DMac/Byrd combined, but it should be a little uptick. Youk's return may help or hurt.
Guys, our team ERA is over 5.50 since Sept 1st. Not saying that is our number one problem, and hence our # priority is just plain clownish.