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Postby Longshot » Sun Jun 15, 2003 5:01 pm

BoSox Number 1-7 Hitters are all batting above .300, with Varitek slighly below that at .290. What a great sign for Boston. If their entrie lineup continues to produce hits, you can bet on another post-season run for them. If it ends like all the rest, aka in disappointment, has yet to be seen.
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Postby twinsfan » Sun Jun 15, 2003 5:46 pm

Some clutch hitting sure would help. 0/14 with RSP today alone, and the whole week has been like this. And the fact that we now have to contend with both the Yanks and Jays will spell disaster for one of the three. I'm praying for postseason, only time will tell.
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Postby Robman » Sun Jun 15, 2003 5:48 pm

I think everybody knows it's going to come down to their pitching. Will Pedro stay healthy? Will Fossum start pitching like they think he can? Will BK be a good SP? Right now they are looking like morons for not including Fossum in the trade for Colon.

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Postby Nero » Mon Jun 16, 2003 6:18 am

1) you're right about Colon...pisses me off

2) you missed the main question...will Boston settle their bullpen issue? this team would be tops in the majors in winning pct if not for that wascally bullpen
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Postby Transmogrifier » Mon Jun 16, 2003 7:28 am

I couldn't possibly disagree with you more about the Colon deal. A few things...

It wasn't just Fossum that was the sticking point. It was Sanchez, Fossum and Hillenbrand. And we got Kim for just one of those pieces, who could be more important than Colon.

Fossum is a very good pitcher, and for the first two months of the season was pitching better than Colon.

Colon's in his final year of his deal.

We can't keep giving away young prospects/players for one year rentals. See Jeff Bagwell.

Overall, Epstein and co. have realized that we cannot compete with the Yankees and just buy what we need all the time; while the Sox have a large payroll, it can't go to far above 100 mil in Fenway. Thus, we need to make better efforts to groom our talent. That means not sending away our best talent because "this is the year..."

Be patient.
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Postby Chiggidy Chester » Mon Jun 16, 2003 9:15 am

I couldn't agree more. Getting Colon would have been like driving down a dead end street. The drive would be over quick and you'd have to do a lot of turning around to get moving in the right direction.

The Red Sox just have to do a better job evaluating young talent. Instead of young rookies competing with veterens for positions each season we get over the hill veterans (Tony Clark) auditioning for geriatric career years.

The cycle needs to keep churning. We need a regular influx of young talent to keep the established guys on their toes. Opting to trade Sanchez, Fossum, and Hilly would have been yet another violation of respect for young legs in return for an overrated starting pitcher.

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