Re: Why fix anything?
posted at 7/10/2013 11:41 AM EDT
I'm going to bump this one time because I still think my OP is on target. So far Cherington and Farrell have relied on players within the Sox system, and that has paid dividends. Middlebrooks busted, but that only gave Iglesias an opportunity, and he is now in Boston to stay. Last night was another terrific example when Bradley, who had to fly to Seattle from the east coast, filled in for Ellsbury and hit a key dinger late in the game, and that ignores his terrific fielding and arm.
Meanwhile, there are at least two good infielders, both potentially very good righty bats, at Pawtucket who think they are ready for the bigs--Middlebrooks, who has been there before, and Bogaerts.
The rotation, I continue to argue, is doing OK, especially given the absence of Buchholz and his likely return. Webster hasn't worked out, but the Sox still have other options within the system, like Aceves. Before going on the DL, Buchholz only had the best starting ERA in the AL and averaged 7 innings per start. Lester, I agree, is a concern, but he is healthy and could bounce back. Doubront and Lackey have been pretty good and Dempster OK.
What's left is the bullpen, and, as I said in the OP, maybe Cherington needs to look outside for help. The problem, as always, is going to be getting a really capable reliever some other team is willing to part with for a reasonable price. Meanwhile, Bailey now looks to be getting back to where he was earlier in the season, and the Sox have other options within the system. Last night the bullpen went 6.2 innings and gave up 1 run, which is outstanding.