What could Possibly go Wrong in 2012?
posted at 12/30/2011 11:49 PM EST
I have to say that at present I am very happy with all the moves the Sox have made. I am pumped for Valentine to bring 'change
' and really believing the bullpen has morphed into something special; I prefer Aceves stay right where he is now that Bard is headed for the rotation. It is terrific that Tek is gone. The offense is something we do not have to worry about at all. I am pumped Glass
Lowrie is history especially because he netted us a potentially solid reliever.
The pending fears I have to which none can be answered until April or later:
1) Beckett. Is he going to be traded? Is he going to gain or lose weight? Can he actually pitch 7 to 8 innings a start and be the savior when the team is down? Does he still need to walk around the mound longer than Papi walks around the batters circle in between pitches? Between the two of these guys the game last 30 minutes longer than most.
2) Crawford. Not even a tweet or a peep from Carl this winter. Is he a baby or a man? Can he reemerge as an elite catalyst to the offense? How about actually making some sensational catches rather than barely missing the ball. Stolen bases? Um did the Sox put a clause in his contract that forbade him to steal his career average? Seems the Sox who are famous for being slow or stagnant on the base-paths would be high up on Carl reaching second any way he can.
3) Wakefield. This may be my biggest concern, as in when is someone going to make it official. Be gone already Tim. The FO is making me nervous here.
4) Chemistry. We know Ortiz does not give a damn about the team so the veteran leadership is already in the hole. It really boils down to Beckett and Pedroia. We know Dustin will not let us down. Maybe Lester says "You know what, I am an adult and I was the #1 starter only 2 years ago so perhaps I can lead this staff.
5) Bucholz. This is a really important matter. Big help or big deficit in the staff. We need him.
Go Boston! The FO has done an exceptional job thus far.