I just finished reading today's Gordon Edes' article in the Boston Globe. It left me perplexed. Here's a quote. Talk about going back far enough to find numbers to support your argument. He was trying to say that Sox fans should worry about their starting rotation come April.
" In seven seasons with the Sox, Martinez was 21-3 with 13 no-decisions in 37 April starts, with an ERA of 2.39." Ok, but in the past 3 years he was 8-3 with a 3.30 in April. That's a run higher than ALL previous years of Aprils and ALL of his losses. Last year he was 5-3 after May.
But Edes wanted to write an article on the Sox staff coming in to start the season. Wells hasn't missed an April start since '94. Edes concedes that point, but he tries to spin this uncertainty beneath that. Gordon, that is 10 years! Clement was awesome last year. Edes breezes by that point. Arroyo is healthy and should be solid. I don't expect him to be worse than last year. Schill is still on target for opening day. He might not go 8 innings in his April starts, but with the bullpen the Sox have, it doesn't matter. He will pitch 5-6 innings and build strength with each start.
So that's Clement, Wells, Arroyo, and Schilling. Then there's Wakefield who should be the same Tim we've always known...That's Schill, Wells, Clement, Wakefield, and Arroyo. Last year, Schill, Pedro, Lowe, Wakefield, and Kim. Which would you rather have? Plus, we will have Miller at some point (that's like trading for a huge arm), and maybe sooner than later.
What's the problem Gordon? Nothing else to write about?