Thursday, September 29, 2011
For those who want to bask in schadenfreude for a bit longer…
The Red Sox have won 100 or more games three times in their 110-year existence.
They will make it four in 2011. But this team has the potential to accomplish something even bigger than winning 100 games.
Boston actually won 104 games this year, if you include spring training.
In 2010, the Red Sox scored 818 runs (second-most in the majors), or 5.1 per game. They hit 211 home runs (second in MLB) and posted a .790 OPS (tops in MLB). The offense, with even more weapons now, could demolish those numbers.
Yet one run is all it might take to win a game on some days with the starting staff the Red Sox have assembled.
The Red Sox scored exactly one run in 12 games this year. Their record in those games? 2-10.
Beckett will notch more than six victories.
Nailed this one.
Lackey should be better equipped to avoid the one-bad-inning syndrome.
Yep. Replaced it with the bad start every time syndrome.
And Dice-K might be the best No. 5 starter ever.
Certainly the most expensive one.
When Red Sox starters have to hand the ball to the bullpen this season, Boston fans won’t have to have to cover their eyes and pray. The weak link in 2010 could be one of the best relief corps in the business.
The Red Sox were slated to win about 95 games last year. They won 89 despite injuries to Pedroia (a former MVP) and Youkilis (a possible future MVP). Add them back, along with the new players and a healthy Smellsbury, and 100 wins doesn’t just appear plausible. It seems downright inevitable.
1. Impossible to avoid or prevent. See Synonyms at certain.
2. Invariably occurring or appearing; predictable: the inevitable changes of the seasons.
The 2011 Red Sox could accomplish a feat that has never been done. They could unseat the 1927 Yankees as the greatest major league team of all time.
The 1998 Yankees were better.
That would be something to celebrate.
They have certainly given us reasons to celebrate.
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