Dawgpound 1613 wrote:Agree with Hootie. Every team is beset with injuries. While some injuries are predictable (e.g. Prior, Wood, Nixon), others are not (e.g. Rafael Soriano). But most of the other teams don't have the resources to deal with it.
Boston has spent the last two years slowly dismantling their team and getting weaker with every move. Think Lowe, Pedro, Arroyo, Hanley, Damon et al. wouldn't have helped this year?
Also, they did nothing at the trade deadline (unlike, say the Yankees) to boost the team despite known weaknesses even though they obviously have the resources to do something.
To me, being unlucky means bad things happening that are out of your control. While some of the things that have occurred (e.g. Ortiz and Lester) are unlucky for the players themselves, the Red Sox team itself has had a significant amount of control in terms of team success. That they have worsened their team over the last two years with personel decisions and made no moves at the deadline to help the team - despite the resources to do so - show that Boston's fate was within their control and that the results of this season are not due to luck.