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September 23, 2011


Raoul Duke

I dig the confidence

Ashwin Jain

ya lot of confidence right now, which is pretty scary, but a couple of points

1. while the offense is pretty lethal, the only ace they've had success against is CC. Against CJ Wilson of the rangers, they haven't been able to do much, and the same with Verlander. As for the rays pitching staff which is stacked you've seen the results not only the last 7 games, but throughout most of the year. And that's what decides playoff winners. Pitching.

2. I trust Beckett and Lester, but even they have been very shaky in the second half. I trust Lester more, because Beckett does not have the stamina for a 200 IP season. As he is showing he doesnt pitch well through pain, and he gets whatever "pain" about a month after the all star break every year. Maybe have him just start pitching after the all star game rather than at the beginning of the season.

3. Aceves has still been strong through September. With the bullpen overworked in Setpember and not many quality starts from the starters, i'm surprised they haven't put him in the rotation. I understand his value coming out of the bullpen, but the bullpen really needs to regroup.

4. The defense is sucking completely. Way to many errors this month, which don't bode well when the pitching has not shown up. Yes they are unearned runs, but they are still runs. Defense needs to play better, so you get longer outings from the starters, and the bullpen doesnt have to come in the third inning every night.

Just an example to show why we will not be able to make it past the first round. We do not have pitching (due to injury with Bucholz yes, but Lackey and Wakefield as well). The Phillies have been beating up on everyone in the NL this year, it's basically been an amusement park ride for them it's been that easy. And look at their pitching. Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels, Lee, and their rookie Worley (who has put up ridiculous numbers as a number 5 starter). Sure they don't have the offense, but their pitching gives up about 3 runs a game. And you saw what they did to the Red Sox when we were on fire in the summer. We lost 2 out of 3 twice i think.

while it's good to be hopeful, this year had too many high expectations, and we will fall short. So instead, do what Boston Sports Nation does, and start cheering for the Patriots and Bruins and say goodbye to the Red Sox for this year.

Derek Hixon

Some awesome point Ashwin - and you're def right on more than a few points.

- I avoided the Rangers all together, they'd sweep the Sox in any round, aside from that one Series in Texas they dominated us this year.
- Aceves should be added to the trust list, my over sight there. He's without a doubt the MVP of our pitching staff.
- Defense has been atrocious, no way around it.
- The Patriots and Bruins getting back into the swing of things should help ease the pain some, still - can't help hurting some after such a great season for most of the way.

Am clinging on to any hope 'till the end, the term "die-hard" is named that way for a reason. I'm realistic though, and know while they're odds of making the playoffs are decent, beyond that.........well, not so much. It's the classic "Dumb and Dumber" 'So you're saying I have a chance!' scenario - lol.


Derek. My friend. Cmon here.
Put it this way. Your teams pitching staff is decimated. Lester has not been Lester and Beckett is hittable. He's not near 100%. Everyone after that is garbage. That's not even me hating. At all.
Youk is done. That guy makes your team way scarier. Pedroia has been ehhhh. And even Gonzo is not that scary to me. He had a great year but not great enough for what was expected in my opinion. Your bullpen is shaky. Papelboner is usually money but he has his moments. And he does have s rough time against the Yankees. Personally I don't see you guys making it past Tex or Detroit.
On to the Yankees. I'm not riding a high horse because we won the AL East. The rubbing it in mode passed quickly. The Yankees are flawed. But hot. And playing way better. This series which now of course will feature an AWESOME double header on Sunday is not going to be too telling from the Yanks perspective. Girardi and Cashman already said they would rest up guys and prepare for the playoffs. I'd personally like to see them try and knock the Sox out. But hey what do I know? I'm just a fan.
I have a feeling the Yankees will take 2 of 3 and you guys will tske the Rays by one game and squeak in.
If I was you I'd hope I'm wrong and that u guys sweep in epic fashion to out this past month to bed. But I highly doubt it.
See you in October if u can beat the other guys. I have my doubts the Yanks will get passed Detroit. For sure.

Derek Hixon

Erik, I'm gonna have to give you a good ol' fashioned - C'Mon Man!!! on the Gonzo comment.

Gonzo's hasn't had a great enough year? He's a Top 5 MVP candidate. Winning the batting title at .341, hitting over 200 hits (208), and having over 100 RBI (116) and Runs (107) while sporting a .967 OPS (better than any other Yankee) is a pretty damn great. These are the type of season you'd dream of Mark Teixeira having, who's hitting nearly 100 points below Gonzo.

I mean seriously, C'Mon Man!!!

Derek Hixon

For clarification - "C'Mon Man" is supposed to be said in Keyshawn Johnson's voice.

Derek Hixon

For clarification - "C'Mon Man" is supposed to be said in Keyshawn Johnson's voice.

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