Power Bats and Power Arms and Lackey by: Joseph McCann

Power Bats and Power Arms and Lackey

24/Aug/2011 Filed in: Boston Red Sox | Joseph McCann
Article by: Joseph McCann
The 2011 Boston Red Sox are an offensive symphony with the thunderous bats of Kevin Youkilis, Adrian Gonzalez, and David Ortiz, the speed (And an unreal power surge for a man who previously had 20 HR in 1372 AB and now has 22 HR in 509 AB. Steroids much? Or at least HGH? Or maybe swallowed a radioactive cow to give him superhuman ability much like I believe Bartolo Colon did last off season yet have no proof of there being any valid truths to this statement) of Jacoby Ellsbury, or the AB grinding, doubles machine that is Dustin Pedroia. This team gets it offensively.

They’ve survived 5 months of Carl Crawford hitting like Cindy Crawford to wield the second highest scoring team in the majors. Quite an accomplishment considering he’s making $14.8 million this year, the highest of any position player on the team. In fact if I had no recollection of Carl Crawford’s contract/career prior to this season and you gave me the words “Carl Crawford” and “14.8 million” and told me to correctly compete a thought using those two words as my sentences backbone, my answer would be “Carl Crawford has swung at 14.8 million curveballs in the dirt in his lifetime, put it on the board, Alex!”

This team has two of the elite power arms in all of baseball in Josh Beckett and Jon Lester. The best 1-2 punch this side of Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay, but certainly the best 1-2 in the American League. In October you need two things to win: Power Bats and Power Arms. The Power Bats are not an issue. The Power Arms are 4/5th not an issue. I believe you need three trustworthy starters and two workhorses in the back of your bullpen (Bard and Papelbon). Who’s that 5th slice of the pitching pie? (Who the hell slices a pie into five pieces?)

It appears that Clay Buchholz won’t be back this year, leaving the Sox with the unfortunate position of choosing between an egomaniacal, meatball throwing, head scratching, waste of money like John Lackey or rolling the dice with mid-season pickup Erik Bedard. Lackey has pitched in the playoffs before and he has been relatively successful in those appearances (3-4, 3.12 ERA, 1.33 WHIP), including winning Game 7 of the World Series in 2002 as a rookie. Bedard has never pitched in the playoffs thanks to spending his career in Baltimore and Seattle, making him an unproven commodity at this time.

The beauty of October is that you never know where your heroes will come from. Edgar Renteria was the World Series MVP last year despite leaving all of his discernable talents in St. Louis six seasons prior. Maybe John Lackey will transform into a postseason workhorse who lives up to his enormous and excessive contract (Much like JD Drew did in 2007. Wait, that’s exactly whats going to happen! It all makes sense now! I’m definitely not being a homer!). This Red Sox team has a chance to be special, but we’ll have to wait until October to see how/who’ll make them special. If they can find some magic in the October air, look for this team to be playing deep into October with their eyes on a 3rd World Series title in eight years, and the Phillies.

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  • Anonymous  On September 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Awesome Read! Great article with some very good points! John Lackey=Bust

  • Anonymous  On September 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Great Read! A lot of good points. John Lackey = Bust

  • Anonymous  On September 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

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