Re: Sox lineup, Major's Best???
posted at 2/21/2012 10:10 PM EST
In Response to Re: Sox lineup, Major's Best???
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Sox lineup, Major's Best??? : Yaz, 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.... The Rotation: 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...
Posted by Beantowne[/QUOTE]
I think you're on the mark most of the way through ... I think the collapse is a factor for at least the reference of NOT doing it again.
The injury factors are right on the mark both in pitching and with Youk. I hope his season injury free.
I think the decisions made are reasonable. It's funny, when we make big signees, folks go off on them for all sorts reasons. When WE DON"T make big singees folks go into "woe is me" mode. Can't win for losing as some say.
I am very satisfied with the line-up. I'm a little concerned that Salty doesn't have Tek as his mentor ... but he developed so much last season one can hope for even more this year.
Aviles will do well at short, IMO. I think Ross and the others will cover RF just fine ... and I don't think any of them will be auto outs. As a matter of fact, I think with Madigan coaching they will all improve some. (See Madigan's influence over Ells for my source of optimism.)
If Iggy makes it to short...cool.
Gotta run ....
I'm all in for 2012 ... and am optimistic about FA pitchers in 2013.