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I was shocked at how poorly Gonzalez played. Maybe he really is carrying a bad shoulder. I expected Beckett to pick it up, too, but he pitched like exactly the same sudden mediocrity he'd been all year in Boston.
Worth noting, Jose Iglesias has 6 def. runs saved in 174 innings. Small sample, but the defensive hype is real.
Difficult to imagine a DP combo with faster hands than Pedroia/Iglesias.
Iglesias/Pedroia DP combo is pretty amazing. Iglesias has avged roughly a DP every 11 innings; AL avg is 1 per 14 innings.
If there is ever a time when Middlebrooks, Iglesias, Pedroia start in same IF, the collective range would be unbelievable.
I'm not so keen on what I expect Cody Ross to get for a contract (3/27ish).
If Aviles is playing SS, I think Ichiro is safe
3) I question how good Salty is going to b, going forward. Doesn't he start making money this off-season?
The offensive bar for Iglesias is awfully low. I've said all along that Jack Wilson is a decent comp for the low end. Even with an OPS+ of 60 Wilson put up a tolerable 1.2 WAR in 2011. If they can get Drew I'd love it but I have a failing the best option is going to be to give Iglesias the shot.
one would have to say that the trade is working out even better than the elated Red Sox fandom originally thought.
Mike Aviles put up 2.0 bWAR this year, in what many would call a pretty lousy performance. Ciriaco had 1.3. It kinda makes me think WAR isn't quite right.
It kinda makes me think WAR is overvaluing SS defense a little.
Mike Aviles put up 2.0 bWAR this year, in what many would call a pretty lousy performance. Ciriaco had 1.3. It kinda makes me think WAR is overvaluing SS defense a little.
I don't see that as the case. So far the Sox have gotten absolutely nothing out of that trade except money. If de la Rosa or Webster comes through or they land a big free agent that's great. That Gonzalez struggled in LA (Beckett pitched well, I don't get this idea that he didn't) is pretty irrelevant. If the Sox don't replace those guys with quality players it's a pointless trade.
I don't know that I buy that he's really a +13 fielder, though.
And you can talk about Junichi Tazawa, who’s going to be an ace reliever for the next five years if he can stay healthy. His stuff and command is elite.
Right now I'm irrationally optimistic about John Lackey. As much as people have tried to make comparisons between him and Beckett, I think Lackey is, right now, far more motivated to turn things around than Beckett ever had been. And all reports suggest that that motivation is producing good results.
Why is everyone talking like Beckett wasn't good in LA? He had a 2.93 ERA (131 ERA+).
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