Re: Worst loss of the year?
posted at 5/6/2011 2:30 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Worst loss of the year?
[QUOTE]The traditional barometer of the initial evaluation of how a baseball team is doing is to avoid extraordinary under or over-achieving in the first few weeks of the season, and to wait until Mother's Day weekend to make any rational judgments of a team's chances of success. Well, we are here. And sadly, this over-priced and under-performing version of the Red Sox are destined to be a forever .500'sh team. Simply said, they are about as average as you can get. /> Crawford appears to be one of those guys where success eludes him from the pressures of what can now be considered one of, or maybe the most out-of-balance contracts ever given out in American sports history. >the catching situation is a disaster, and this alone is reason enough for the media in Boston to stop its love affair with Theo, and really start to question his ability to judge talent for the short and long term. This writer's guess is that if Theo did not have access to the never-empty purse strings of John Henry, he would have a tough time fiinding a job in baseball. As much as I personally would love to see Salty succeed, it just ain't gonna happen here. And by saying that I do not mean that V-mart was the long term catching solution, as he was just as bad behind the plate as Salty. But now V-Tek is catching more than he should. When will the gas run out of his tank? >A decision needs to be made at SS, and this writer says to just hand the job to Lowrie. Period. Scutaro was a 2-year band aid, and his contractual status allows the Sox to just make him the utility guy. >the bullpen is an absolute disgrace...and, unbelievably, worse than last year. Again, this was Theo's priority 1A going into the off-season. But, instead of findign the right mix of lefties, righties and specialists, Thoe wasted his time going after Mario Rivera (which was never going to happen), signs Bobby Jenks when we already have a closer (Paps), and one ready to take over (Bard), and fails miserably in finding that correct mix. > starting pitching is average at best. But for the money they are shelling out for these guys, the Sox ought to be better than a .452 ballclub. And as much as I love Lester and Buchholz, why are they getting themselves distracted with l aunching their new charity wines during the season. There is a time and place for everything. These guys earn really good coin - time to grow up, and spend more time working on mechanics than sipping wine, even if it's for a charity. Clay- you are 2-3 with a 4.81 ERA. 4.81! Get in the trainer's room, meet up early and often with your pitching coach, and get yourself straightened out. However, with all this said, in my humble opinion, the numero uno reason for the Sox current state of affairs is the combined distaster tandem of Dice-K and John Lackey. Both have proved to be middle-to-back of the rotation guys who earn front of the rotation money. It's clear Dice-K is better suited for Japanese baseball, and, in hindsight, would have probably done himself a favor had he not ventured into MLB territory. Lackey is another host of issues. yesterday, on a day when the Sox needed him to step up and give tham efficient innings, he laid a complete matzo ball. This is unexcusable. Lackey is a veteran, and knows darn well what the condition of the pitching staff was after the 13-inning game that ended at 2:30am the prior night. Lackey needed to come out and come out big. Instead, he looked like an emergency call-up from Pawtucket, and couldn't get through the 5th inning. It is now time for the media to accept the simple truth that John Lackey is a bust of epic proportions. John Lackey is the pitching version of Julio Lugo.
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