Re: Varitek Should Start: We need a catcher now who can stabilize this rotation
posted at 4/16/2011 7:46 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Varitek Should Start: We need a catcher now who can stabilize this rotation
[QUOTE]Another WIN with V-TEK as the signal caller behind the plate. Beckett's line: one run on three hits over seven innings while recording two walks and nine strikeouts. Time to start V-TEK and place Salty as the back up! Beofre today Varitek has caught three games thusfar, which isn’t a huge sample size, but hear me out. One was Daisuke who was a seesaw all season last year, and has always been horribly inconsistent. The other two? Josh Beckett’s 8 INN, 10K, 0 ER performance against the Yanks, and Lester’s 7 INN, 8K, 3 ER performance against the Rays. Salty gave up
26 ER against the Rangers (3 games), 10 ER against the Yankees (2 games), and 16 ER in the one game against the Rays, a team that couldn’t generate ANY offense prior to playing us. Now, how is someone going to say it’s the pitching staff?
Posted by kmr2318
No, Salty didn't give up...
This is getting out of hand.
A few years ago, the same posters who wanted to ride Tek out of town now see him as the knight in shining armor. It's a poor reflection of how quickly human nature can turn on someone - then turn back.
Yes, I do think Tek makes a difference. I've shown it in several examples, the latest being a team record of 62-27 when he catches Beckett. 11-14 when other do.
But this start to 2011 goes beyond a catcher's relevance. And until our starting 5 find some consistency of form, blaming Salty is unfair and premature.
I was for a catching tandem. I was against throwing Salty to the wolves as a FT catcher in the A.L. East. But it may prove out. Sometimes being in the line of fire can determine whether you break down...or cut it.
If it's the former, then I say go with a Tek/Salty tandem and take some of the pressure off this kid.
Giving up on him after 13 games in not the answer. If that were the case, we'd have to give up on most of the team.
I'm not saying Salty is blameless. I am
saying he's becoming a scapegoat.
Kinda like Tek was when he couldn't hit due to playing hurt.
If you are gonna blame players, at least wait until there's a valid
frame of reference.