Re: What a disappointment for Bill-806
posted at 4/23/2013 1:39 PM EDT
In response to Bill-806's comment:
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
The Sox win again with that same horrible lineup he has been excoriating. Each day he is more and more like softlaw, hating the team for winning because they aren't playing the guys he wants to see.
Yuk,Yuk,Yuk...... You funny guy...... "LET ME BE CLEAR", iM GLAD THAT WE WON LAST NIGHT AND ARE OFF TO A GOOD START....... That said, I also see the holes in the roster that will need shoreing up...... Yes, "the HEEL" is an on going concern...... We are going to go as far as our pitching, defense, and speed takes us, meaning that IGGY, BRADLEY & WEBSTER should be back soooooner, rather than later.......
Really? Without Bradley and Iglesias the Sox are among the leaders in stolen bases and by himself Ellsbury leads MLB in steals with 9 and has not been caught stealing. The rotation, with or without Webster, is the best in the AL, period.
Last night's win was largely thanks to two dingers by Middlebrooks and Napoli.
I would love to see Bradley and Iglesias back on the roster, but meanwhile this is a pretty good team I think will get better with the current roster. Pedroia, Ellsbury, Salty, Middlebrooks, and Drew can and should all hit better than they have so far. Right now, as good as Iglesias was at SS, it's hard to make a strong argument that Drew is a liability at SS. He averages more fielding chances per game than Iglesias did, has been in more than twice as many double plays, and has yet to make an error. Bradley would no doubt be a better outfielder than Nava or Ellsbury, but they are proven hitters and not too shabby in the outfield, where Ellsbury has already won one gold glove. Napoli, Pedroia, and Middlebrooks have all played errorless ball to date. Victorino just might be a better rightfielder than JD Drew.
The Sox, in case you are interested (but probably aren't), are ranked 2d in the AL in runs scored. I mean, how bad can the offense be with scoring like that? We would have taken 2 of 3 against KC instead of losing 2 of 3 if the bullpen, which has otherwise been pretty good, had not give up 2 in late innings, 1 by Uehara and 1 by Miller.
Ortiz's heel might be a concern, but right now it looks pretty good. More importantly and amazingly, he is smacking the ball hard on most of his at bats despite missing all of ST and have a very short rehab stint. If the heel goes bad, I would be delighted to see Bradley back, but unlike you I don't quite see Bradley with the kind of bat Ortiz has.