Friday, May 1, 2009

Reasons For Concern/Reasons Not to Worry

Through the first month of the season some signs of trouble have arisen for the Red Sox but overall the team should be OK.

REASONS TO WORRY

The Rotation:
Dice-K having arm fatigue due so early in the season is worrisome.
Josh Beckett has an ERA over 7.
Jon Lester can't put together 2 good starts in a row.
Brad Penny looks like he will not work out.
John Smoltz return has hit a bump in the road.

The Bullpen:
Javier Lopez has been a complete disaster.
Saito and Oki have been inconsistent.

The Offense:
Big Papi has no homers.
Jacoby's OBP is only .320 in the lead-off spot.
Mike Lowell is grounding into a lot of double plays.
J.D. Drew is batting .234 and is constantly hurt.

Injuries:
Lowrie, Baldelli, Drew, Dice-K, Smoltz, and Lugo all had setbacks in April.


REASONS NOT TO WORRY

The Rotation:
Wake has been great.
The team has plenty of depth with Buchholz, Smoltz, Masterson, and Bowden waiting to step up.

The Bullpen:
Masterson can eat innings.
MDC has been rock solid.
RR has been untouchable.

The Offense:
Jason Bay has a .490 OBP.
Youk has a .505 OBP.
Mike Lowell has 23 RBI's.
Jacoby has 10 SB's.

The Bench:
Van Every can fill in all of the gaps by himself.

1 comments:

pigbook1 May 1, 2009 at 11:21 AM  

van everyman is his nickname in my house :-)

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