After Sunday, their next 21 games are against: Min, Chi, Oak, Bal, KC, Cle, and Sea. The way this team is playing, that is pretty formidable, but really, it's much easier than what they've played so far. They have a chance, by the end of that stretch, to have stabilized this thing, gotten back to .500, be within 5-6 games of first place perhaps, and get it together.
Not much can be done to "fix" things. Just keep running those guys out there, hope that Crawford is the good Crawford, maybe bring Lavarnway up, but otherwise, just hope that the guys get their act together. I mean, Aceves isn't going to have a 24.00 era the whole year, right? The bullpen isn't going to have a 9.00+ era the whole year, no matter who is out there, so things will come around.
Unfortunately, they have started out 8-8 for the first 16 games (2-8.after winning the first six). Signs of life versus Cleveland and Seattle, please! By the way, Middlebrooks was an obvious keep in addition to Lester, Pedroia, Ellsbury, Gonzalez, Clay B, Bard and Lavarnway. I would have to acknowledge that we would have to keep Crawford and Lackey. Rich Hill, Franklin Morales, Scott Atchison, Matt Albers, Andrew Miller, Aaron Cook, Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon all would not have any real trade value anyway. Dubrondt may be good enough to keep as a fifth starter. Aviles and Iglesias should be kept because they also have negligible trade value (I think until he hits at least a little, Iglesias is seen as a utility infielder by most MLB teams).
In 2013, that would likely leave us with Lavarnway at C, Gonzalez at 1B, Pedroia at 2B, Aviles or Iglesias at SS and Middlebrooks at 3B. Our outfield would be Ellsbury in CF, Crawford in LF and Kalish in RF. We could resign Ross as DH. Our rotation would be Lester, Clay B., Bard, Dubrondt and Lackey. Our bullpen would be 7 out of the 8 pitchers listed above between Hill to Melancon or Tazawa or Alex Wilson. That is before trading Beckett, Ortiz, Aceves, Youk and Salty. The change in the team may not be as debilitating as some people think. But it may acquire some serious $$ to absorb some of Beckett's contract to get the talent back that we want for him. I think my original post for this thread was too far ranging and expensive. Crawford and Lackey aren't going anywhere, realistically. It would be too financially debilitating to cover all those contracts all at once. We may have to wait for free agency to get a starting pitcher to replace Lackey or Dubrondt. We may combine Beckett and Youk in the same trade to get the maximum prospect haul for a team that wants to win this year (L.A. Angels?). Adding a pitching prospect with potential similar to Anthony Ranaudo or Matt Barnes would be important to our future.
Edited by wine111, 11 May 2012 - 04:00 AM.