Well, Opening day is a bit too close for me to stand. I know for most of you it seems far away, but I tend to think very far ahead. To me, it feels like tomorrow. This year is the first year that I have no strong feelings about how the Sox will perform. I saw the potential to be great last season, and I saw that potential get squandered.
This year we have a few big changes including Bobby V. However my concern doesn’t lie in the trades or lack thereof, Bobby V, or who’s in the rotation now. My concern is specifically focused on one thing: Young Talent. I want to see where the new (i use this word lightly) kids end up and how they do. I’m interested in Kalish, Lavarnway, and how the other young players factor into how the Sox do this year.
The main thing to notice with this is: No matter how much we will miss the Sox of old, this team has been moving into a new era. Before you know it, Pedroia and Ellsbury will be considered veteran in the way Varitek was considered veteran and players like Lavarnway will be the core of the team. I grew up with the last generation of Sox just like many of us did, but it’s time let go of that if you haven’t already. Bobby V just serves as a marker for that.
I’d like to hear some other opinions on this. Leave a comment if you have one!
So I was going to throw myself completely into baseball… and then something wonderful happened. I was going to be posting about the Rockies and the Sox, my team, and what was going on. I was planning to just be there for every second of spring training news and take it all in. All that changed.
It happened, my school overcame the snub from last year and worked their way into the celebrations of March Madness. This section of the state already takes their sports quite seriously, and CU hasn’t had a whole lot of success in the major sports. Our football team has been awful for quite some time, we don’t have a baseball team, and I don’t believe we have a men’s soccer team. However, CU’s basketball team found a nice groove a few years ago and it appears they’ve been working on it. I watched them get snubbed from the tournament last year and my heart sank. I covered a few games of the NIS tournament working with my school’s sports broadcast but it simply wasn’t the same.
I apologize if I flood some of you with updates on this for the next few days, I know it’s a baseball blog but THIS IS SO EXCITING FOR ME. I want to see how far they can go, and I’m excited that we finally made it.
Jeez, where has the time gone… Somewhere apparently?
I think coaching baseball became a black hole where time doesn’t escape and light struggles to reach the outside. I’ve taken on more responsibility than I should, but dammit it’s fun.
You heard me correctly, three. I’m assistant coaching two 10s teams and managing one 13s team. I coach a practice every single day, sometimes I run them sometimes I assist, depending on the team and the day. Pitching, batting, catching, throwing. Technique technique technique…
This weekend I’ll spend half my Saturday at a tournament in Dakota Ridge, CO after practicing with my juniors team earlier in the day. Then the weather will warm up and I’ll be out on the field every day instead of indoors. Soon my arm will become rigid and wickedly stiff and I’ll start ranting about games that were “ours to lose.”
In the mean time, I’m going to get back to actually writing about baseball. I’ll be more general sure but I won’t stop. I’ll be here instead of being stupid and depriving myself of quality alone time with my keyboard.
Here’s to my return, and hoping that I lay low while I fail at baseball analysis.
Later today or early tomorrow: I’ll give my thoughts on my team…
Eat, Sleep, Baseball… wait… no sleep
Well. This has been a quick running success. Day 4 looks promising *cough* Padres *cough*.
I’m not sold on Boston. Sure, they’re beaten up the weak teams, but
they’ve struggled against winning teams lately and that’s what the
playoffs are all about. Pitching is getting weak, shaky, suspect… I’d
say they’re the dark horse now, even more so than Texas (who I think
will overtake them).
I have a response to this. I’m going to talk about some of your wording. Specifically these:
“Struggled against winning teams”
“Pitching is getting weak”
From the top, here we go =)
they’ve struggled against winning teams lately and that’s what the
playoffs are all about.”
Lets take a look at August and September, shall we?
The beginning of August started with the major team slump coming off the all star break.
The first team we beat out of that slump?
In fact… we won 3 of 4 there. That team spent a lot of time winning around that period, I would not say they were slumping. The fact that we beat them 3 straight is pretty damn good if you ask me.
In the same month we had that 14-1 win against the Yankees. Now you cannot tell me, in ANY situation that the Yankees are incapible of scoring more than one run in a game. Furthermore, you really have to SUCK that day to give up 14. You and I both know the Yankees starting rotation and pen does NOT suck that much.
Also we swept Toronto twice that month. There’s no luck there. Toronto isn’t terrible enough to lose 6 straight. Even teams like Oakland can ususally scurry up 1 or 2 in the series.
Next, series win vs Tampa in the beginning of September. PRE pena injury. Considering that we haven’t won a series at the trop since 2007, thats big. VERY big.
If you’re not sold, we have two series to prove it: Angels and Yankees.
Also… prove to me Texas isn’t slumping hardcore. They beat the Indians… who I consider the Pirates of the AL right now, they don’t have much of a team left.
Other than that, they beat… Baltimore and Toronto, what do you know, the teams we beat. You have to notice that clear 7-0 loss to baltimore though… I think thats far worse than losing to the White Sox.
Next they go up against a pitcher who is 0-4 with Seattle. Then against the A’s, who by the way beat them 3 straight and swept last time they played.
I say so.
Lets start out with the NEW pen member. Billy Wagner. Take a look at his pitching lately and try and tell me he’s been terrible.
Clay Buchholz has been solid lately, he found his groove and he seems to be working much better.
Quote from MLB.com:
“Buchholz won his fourth consecutive decision last Tuesday, shutting out
the Orioles over seven innings of three-hit ball at Fenway Park.”
“The 25-year-old right-hander is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA in seven outings since Aug. 8, posting six quality starts over that span.”
Thats right, six of seven were QS. I don’t see shakey.
Beckett is looking to bounce back. You can’t really take him as the whole team. EVEN ROY HALLADAY had a slump. It happens
Jon Lester: if you can’t tell me he is solid, who is?
“The lefty has been utterly dominant for more than three months. In an
18-start run that began on May 31, Lester is 9-2 with a 2.25 ERA. He
has given up one earned run or less 10 times over that span. In his
last start, he became the 10th pitcher in Sox history to notch 200
strikeouts in a season. In that win over the White Sox, Lester fired
seven shutout innings, walking two and striking out eight. Lester is
21-5 lifetime at Fenway.”
I see solid as a rock, shakey does not exist.
The only real problem I see is the 4 spot. Once Wakefield is back for good I wouldn’t worry about it.
So there was once a stat calculated, essentially a combination between “Well hit average” and “chase rate”. Basically how many pitchers fool hitters into swinging at a bad pitch and inducing a weak hit or a swing and miss.
Tim Wakefield tops that stat.
Byrd looked OK but he’s really just a replacement.
The bullpen is on and off. The only person I worry for is Okijima. The rest are solid and Papelbon has gotten BETTER not worse.
So essentially.. you have the solid 2 and 3, the questionable and likely to bounce back 1, and the open 4 spot. If Beckett bounces back, which he is liable to do before October, you get a solid 1,2,3 and a sketch 4. Sounds pretty good to me. You don’t need to win 4 straight to win a series.
Has Boston, post 2004, EVER been the Dark Horse?
I don’t think so buddy.
Well HELLO THERE folks.
OK I need to clean this post before I start
Boy did he recover… Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, he recovered after leaving. Good going guys.
I had a long weekend, so I was busy (meaning I was too lazy to post)…