May 17, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized 

Six weeks of the 2010 season are in the books for a season marked by bad pitching and sloppy defense. This is a team built for run prevention? The only truly surprising aspect of the season so far is that the offense has managed to produce runs. Run prevention was just a smokescreen for “rebuilding” as previously noted here. Let’s have a look:

  • In 38 games, the Sox have surrendered 46 stolen bases. Slide step? Catcher who can throw? This was a glaring weakness before the season started.
  • 11 errors by Scutaro and Beltre. We won’t even mention Alex Gonzalez’s great defense and 10 HR’s in Toronto.
  • Starters ERA of 4.95. Does the 2009 4.63 ERA seem like an aberration now?

Reasons for optimism:

  • Ellsbury should return soon. They need his presence on the bases.
  • The starting pitching should be better (but nowhere near what the pundits predicted).
  • Tampa’s starting staff won’t finish 2010 with a sub-3.00 ERA.
  • Papi has at least shown some signs of life lately.

The next 7 games (Yankees, Twins, and Phillies) should provide a good measuring stick for the rest of the season. Stay tuned.


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