2012 Panic Thread
Starting early this year
Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:16 AM
1.) Address the Josh Beckett thumb injury now. If he needs surgery, do it now. If rest is the answer, put him on the shelf now. I think a healthy Josh Beckett down the stretch is critical. Addressing the situation as soon as possible gets him back that much sooner. There is some depth the Red Sox can use that might actually be better than Josh Beckett with injured thumb.
2.) In light of my feelings with with the Beckett issue, it would be irresponsible to take Bard out of the rotation to become the closer. I think this is a situation where the bullpen just got torched by a very good offensive team. They'll have their work cut out for them this week as they face the murderers' row in Toronto. I think this is a good week to see a.) how Bard can do as a starter in a game that counts, and b.) how Aceves and Melancon in particular can rebound from a bad series. The leash needs to be short though. If both a. and b. can't get it done this week, then they need to mix things up. If Bard falters, but the bullpen can turn in some good outings, let the experiment play out at least through another rotation turn. If the bullpen continues to lose games for the team, then it's time to bring up Aaron Cook and give Bard a shot at closing games. One thing they should not do is mess with Padilla. I think he's perfectly suited for what they have him doing. They should not tinker with making him the closer and moving him to the rotation.
3.) If the case comes where Josh Beckett needs an extended DL stint and Bard has to be moved out of the rotation, then the front office might need to do their mid-season shopping early. Spend that move they saved by traded Marco Scutaro. Make a trade to stabilize the rotation/bullpen. I'd hate to bring up Roy Oswalt, since he comes with health issues of his own, but he'll be a popular name again if the Red Sox have to shuffle 2 rotation spots. I'm not sure what the trade market will have available, and they'll likely be shy about giving up young talent when guys like Daisuke Matsuzaka, Rich Hill and Andrew Miller are expected back at various points this season. I would just be ready to make an acquisition to stop any bleeding if necessary. They'll also need to tap in to the organizational depth where needed.
4.) Offense and defense, no need to change a thing yet. They did get blanked in the second game, but there were some encouraging signs from the weekend as a whole. They were able to get a couple runs off of Valverde in the first game and they put up 12 runs in the third game. What was impressive about the twelve runs was that they got contributions from pretty much everybody, including Nick Punto, Mike Aviles, Ryan Sweeney, Cody Ross and Darnell McDonald. I think this team will score an awful lot of runs this season. Probably enough so that they could survive for a while with Aaron Cook and, say, Ross Ohlendorf in the rotation. If the bullpen can stop handing over games, then this team will thrive. Defense, no glaring issues yet.
That's it for now, aside from daily line up tweaks. I'm sure Bobby Valentine will continue to move bats around until the right order becomes clear. I'm really more concerned about the Beckett issue. I think Buchholz will shake off the rust and turn it around, but the Beckett thumb thing needs to be addressed right away. That's numeral uno in my book.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:31 AM
Posted 09 April 2012 - 01:48 PM
Are the Yankees panicking?
Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:18 PM
Are the Yankees panicking?
My problem was and still is that the sox took chances on retreads...granted there are no sure things with pitching .
And the free agent market was paper thin.
Still think that they will be fairly decent but if they get off to the same start as last year all bets are off.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 02:49 PM
Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:16 PM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:41 AM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:14 AM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:00 AM
I'm not sure what he said to her before then. Since I got the combination and freed her she is in an almost catatonic state. She basically just stares at the wall and drools.
This post has been edited by BigSlick: 10 April 2012 - 10:00 AM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:01 AM