Re: SOFTY was/is right again ....... 1-15 @ 067........
posted at 10/17/2013 10:37 AM EDT
In response to RedSoxFireman's comment:
Bill, Softy was right that Ortiz needs to be rested and is in decline, but he never said Ortiz was the problem. In fact, he said Ortiz is the only true slugging threat that the Red Sox have.
Ortiz hasn't been the problem in this series, though you are right that he's not able to do the job he once did. The problem in this series is the "balanced approach", which isn't going to work unless the Red Sox starters are nearly perfect against a dangerous middle of the Tigers lineup with a 70% Miggy who's still dangerous as he's shown with the homer and RBI's in this series.
Here's the problem:
Pedroia, Ortiz, Napoli, ? (Despite the 2 homers from Ortiz and Napoli, this isn't getting it done)
Miggy, Fielder, VMart, Peralta (Fielder's been terrible, but Miggy, VMart and Peralta are getting it done)
I expect the Red Sox offense will adjust and do better in 2nd playoff look at Sanchez, but Lester is going to have to be nearly perfect on the ERA front if the Red Sox are to win Game 5.
Note: Game 2 more important than Game 1, Game 4 more important than Game 3, and Game 6 more important than Game 5.
I will say that this is a 100% rational and well-thought-out post. You are intelligent when you aren't bashing people and getting caught up in your own distaste for certain players.