Re: Outsiders Opinion
posted at 4/22/2012 8:03 AM EDT
In Response to Outsiders Opinion
[QUOTE]I said this all through last year and into the offseason - Boston needed to forget the money involved and sign Paps. He is the 2nd most feared closer in the game. Yeah, he had a couple of stinkers in Sept. Guess what, so has Mo, But the reality was Boston took a strength (Bullpen ' Aceves, Bard, Paps) and turned into something very wishy washy. I think the Sox will rue the day they let Paps leave. JMHO!
Posted by jesseyeric[/QUOTE]
Not sure that I agree they'll rue the day. We've yet to see Bailey in action. Who was aquired to be our closer and it is his loss due to injury that has effected the teams depth far more than that of Papelbon's.
No disrespect intented but Papelbon was hardly the 2nd best closer in the last three seasons. Circa 2005 to 2007 one could argue that he was MO's equal or better. Since 2008 Papelbon hasn't been the dominant closer he was early on in his career. Lets not forget it was he who coughed up 2 runs leads in the top of the 9th in two games in recent times that would have extended our season. The playoff loss to the Angels in 2009 and then last year in game 162 vs the Orioles.
The current plight of this team can be traced back to the injuries sustained by Matsusaka and then Lackey... That's 65 starts and 400 plus innings of starting pitching that needed to be replaced. If we add Jenk's to the equasion, a former closer with plus stuff who was signed by Epstein to bolster the backend of the pen and help in the transistion after Papelbon walked. Who's given the team squat now in a season and a half...In total, the troubling part of the above is that's 31 million dollars on the DL. A number that even the mighty yanks would find difficult to swallow. More troubling inhindsight aside from Matsuska. Was and is that the ownership allowed Epstein to sign both Lackey and Jenks with pre-existing health concerns.
Further our roster and budget also has been compromised if add Youk who's struggled with injuries since last July and has yet to find his stroke this year. Along with the the season long maliase that was Crawford in 2011 at what was a premium cost. Entering this season we had more questions than answers and his injury to open the season along with Ellsbury's has blown a hole in our lineup and forced us to deploy players that would otherwise be serving utlity roles. End of the day if we are to compete in the longterm Youk has to return tio his former self and be that 100 RBI middle of the order 900 plus OPS hitter he was as recently as last June. along with both Crawford and Ellsbury returning to lineup and playing to that back's of thier baseball cards...That's another 40M plus in under-performing or injured impact everyday players.
So in fainess to Cherington and Valentine lammenting the loss of Papelbon as a root casue for why this team is off to the start they are is to miss the bigger picture. The pen is an issue but not a fatal flaw...Lester, Beckett and Buccholz all are off to rocky starts...if this team is to compete it is they that have to start pitching to thier resumes...Doubront and Bard have both outpitched them to start the season...
Cleary it's getting late early for the REd Sox of 2012...however they still have a long season ahead. Most troubling from where I sit is not our current record it's the ineffective starts to the season by our "big three" and the underpermance and injures to Youk, Crawford and Ells along woth our compromised pen doesn't bode well fro us going on a run and playing 600 ball in the month of may...