Re: Sox lineup, Major's Best???
posted at 2/19/2012 9:07 AM EST
In Response to Re: Sox lineup, Major's Best???
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Sox lineup, Major's Best??? : While the subject of the September slide is painful, your post is true to the mark. I don't see how "baseball fans" of any intelligence don't see the moments of batters cooling off as a natural part of the game. Papi had a very good season with a place where he cooled off. Your points about the others who remainded hot - or normal for them (Pedey) - are all part of why it's a team sport. Marco's hot September seems to be lost in the argument that folks make about the team tanking as well. It wasn't the offense. It rarely is. All the same, I know these same folks won't be happy about anything, really. I am not satisfied when things go poorly, but seriously ... A guy finishes a season that is stellar and all some can complain about is when he was in a slump. Hmmm. Bobby Fisher didn't win all his chess matches. De bum. Gen. Geo. Washington didn't win all his battles. De bum. Tiger Woods didn't win all his majors. (Or else he would have more mistreses ...14 mistresses for 14 major...) De bum. Prez George H. W. Bush only broke one promise. De bum. (oh, it ws the only promsie he made ....) I'm going too far afield.
Posted by SinceYaz[/QUOTE]
Not sure that last years September Collapse has any bering on this years team. Unless they allow it too.
That said, we all know that pitching, due to injuries was at the heart of why we fell short last year. Our offense was also compromised and you don't go 7 and 20 something for a month after playing over 600 ball for four months, without all three phases of the game playing a role (pitching, defense and timely hitting).
That was then...
Entering the 2012 season we have a very strong nucleaus and should be in the mix all year and much will depend on key performers having healthy and productive seasons. Our lineup:
Youk returing to form and staying on the field will by itself be a boon over the lineup we ran out there sans him from early July to the end of the season. With a healthy youk in the 4-hole. 1-6 I think we match up with any team...7-8-9 or rather SS, RF and catchers position is where we might struggle to matchup with the better lineups (Rangers, Yanks) in terms of depth, not sure I like our bench a ton either....
In the end, it's about getting the requist quality starts and innings from Lester, Beckett & Buccholz to help carry the load while they sort out the #4,#5 and #6 roles in the rotation with Bard, Miller, Doubront and the host of reclamation projects they've singed along with Matsusaka a wildcard in August. Cleary Bard's ability to make the transistion will go a long ways in taking the pressure off the #5/#6 guys and hopefully he can give us enough innings until Matsusaka ready to return...I'd feel a lot better had they bit the bullet and signed a veteran guy like Jackson/Oswalt. Our bullpen:
It goes without saying that Bailey, Aceves and Melancon along with Morales all have to step up to close out games. While they sort out the middle guys with Jenks the wildcard. All in all "on paper", I think our pen is solid. Not unlike all teams, you break camp with the best and then tweak it as the season progresses. Front Office:
Plan the work, work the plan. In years past the goal was to breakcamp with the best 25 guys. Then evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the team in April and May while formulating a plan to address areas of concern/underperformance. Then in June, July and into August. Make the moves nessesary to bolster the club if they're in a position to be a legit contender with the nulceaus of the team in good health...Last year I think they waited too long to make moves to address the pitching issues and this year I feel like they've missed an opportunity to add a proven arm to the team...time will tell if they're truly commited as an organization to compete in 2012 or are they simpy just playing out the string, hoping for the best with an eye on 2013...