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  • September 25th, 2006

    Red Sox 4, Toronto 13 Red Sox 3, Toronto 5 A Slippery Slope…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:19 am in General No Comments

    And if we don’t win today, we will officially be in 3rd place in the AL East..and while part of me will not be happy about THAT turn of events, another part of me almost WISHES we would end up in a different order than previous years, so then we would not have to heard how the AL East has finished in the exact same order for the last 137 years OVER AND OVER…

    And one of the biggest things that frosts my bananas? The fact that if we were in the National League, we would have clinched a division WEEKS ago, even with our horribly, crappy play…

    6 more games to play, including tonight’s..how weird is it that we will be done for the season? No postseason for us this year, so we are left to decide who to for on the quest to the World Series, and what Theo and company should do about the team in the off season…

    For me, I am rooting for the Tigers–you gotta respect a team that goes from LOSING 120 games 3 years ago, to clinching their division–the epitome of “worst to 1st”..After them would have to be the Twins, a far off distant third would be Oakland, whom I cannot stand, and I would rather become a bocce ball fan than root for the Skanks…

    As far as the off-season goes, I am not sure what to think at this point, which is probably why they do not pay me the big bucks to run a baseball team…I have been reading and commenting with my fellow bloggers on how the off season should shape up–trying to think more with my head than my heart, cause I have learned that loving the team that you see on the field, and refusing to change from that, will not get us another championship…sometimes the hard choices have to be made…

    My thoughts on Pitchers: There isn’t exactly a plethora of top of the line starters out there, (Barry Zito? PUHLEES…) So if Theo cannot sign one, the starting 5 next year may very well be: Schilling, Beckett, Papelbon, Wake, and Lester, if he is well enough…if any of them go down for any reason, Julian Tavarez could emerge as a #5, if he is not traded somewhere, which I think may be a better alternative, if we can get someone good for. As was said to me, he is a better starter than reliever at this point, so he either needs to be traded, or start…But then the compelling argument can be made: If Papelbon is in the starting lineup, whose going to close? Can we get Eric Gagne? Would the AL/NL shift make him less effective? Is there anyone else out there that could do the job that Papelbon did?

    I wanted to do a starting lineup for next year, but with the Manny situation in such a state of flux, it’s damn near impossible to do so…If we don’t trade him, he’ll bat 4th and play left field, but if we do trade him, the bat we get may not a left fielder..it may be a 1st baseman, or a shortstop, or a 3rd basemen, which will then throw everything off….

    There is also the whole Trot Nixon/Wily Mo debate. Yes, I agree, Wily Mo’s defense in the outfield sucks out loud in 4 different colors, as yesterday’s game can attest, but I don’t see the FO locking Trot up for a long term contract for any kind of money. Wily Mo is cheap, and his POTENTIAL is very tempting…Now, no one is a bigger fan of Trot’s than I am–he is a good citizen, and he plays are hard as he can…BUT, he has been injury prone, and his bat has not been what it’s been in seasons past…IF they decide to sign him for another year or two, I can’t see it being for more than $2-3 million/year, which is a big difference than the $6+ million he is making this year…and if he can do better somewhere else, I would not blame him in the least if he left…

    So with that, my starting lineup next year, operating under the assumption that Manny and Trot will be gone…

    Youk 1B: His OBP is above reproach, which is vital for a leadoff hitter…and he is just GREAT at 1st base…but can also play 3rd…
    Loretta 2B: As I have said before, a #2 hitter is a scarce commodity…and it seems when there is something going on, he is right there in the middle of it…can also play 1st…
    Big Papi DH: Duh…
    Someone who can hit, and play the outfield: And I reallyREALLY hope it won’t be Manny…
    Wily Mo/Eric Hinske RF: I know, I KNOW…
    Mike Lowell, 3B: Good bat, GREAT glove…
    Jason Varitek, C: Duh…
    Coco Crisp, CF: Let’s give him a pass, because I really think his injury boogered him up pretty good this year–just DON’T LET HIM BAT LEADOFF…!
    Dustin Pedroia, SS: I really like A-Gon’s….GLOVE….but he bit certainly leaves seomthing to be desired–and Pedroia is going to be in the mix somewhere, and I would much rather him than Julio Lugo….UGH

    Bottom line: There are far more questions than answers at this point, and we will not win with the team as its currently configured, no matter hwo much we all love them…there will be changes we love, and ones we abhor–either way: it should be interesting…

    Tonight: Tim Wakefield vs. Shaun Marcum, 7:07pm

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