Re: Real Red Sox fans know the truth
posted at 2/12/2012 3:05 PM EST
Yeah, the Cards won despite losing Wainwright to a season-long injury, but "real Red Sox fans know the truth": our players over-achieved for 4 months and all the injuries finally caught up with them.
2011 Key Injuries:
#3 starter (Buchholtz) missed 19 starts.
#4 starter (Dice-K) missed 25 starts.
#5 starter (Lackey) pitched hurt all season (6.41 ERA)
#7 starter (Doubront) was out basically all season (10 IP).
#1 starter (Beckett) missed 2-3 crucial starts.
#4 relief pitcher (Jenks) basically missed the whole season (16 IP).
#5 relief pitcher (Wheeler)missed about a thrid of the season.
#7 relief pitcher (R Hill) missed most of the season
3B/best hitter vs RHPs (Youk)missed 35 games and played hurt in others.
RF (Drew) missed half the season and never got on track.
SS (Scutaro) missed about 20% of the season.
LF (Crawford) missed about 15-20% of the season.
IF (Lowrie) missed a good part of the season.
C (VTek) missed the last game of the season (called huge by mr hanky)
Yes, every team has multiple injuries, but anyone who really expected a pitching staff like this to not have a rough streak somewhere in the season, and instead is blaming the collapse on beer and chicken, needs to re-examine the whole picture...
S1 Beckett (missing starts & pitching hurt at the end)
S2 Lester (pitched poorly in last few games)
S3 Wakefield (#6/7 starter forced into the 3 slot)
S4 Bedard (Injured for some key starts)
S5 Lackey (Pitching injured and poorly)
S6+ Miller & Weiland (17 starts)
40 starts from Wake, Miller, and Weiland
28 starts from an injured Lackey
19 starts from Bedard, possibly injured Dice-K, and Aceves
Real Sox fans should look long and hard at these 87 starts a bit more than Beckett's last 2 starts and 1-2 missed starts.