1. I think Boston had the best bullpen in baseball. Do you disagree? In fact, you have said they did. But in fact, the Padres had the best Bullpen ERA last year. However, I would take Papelbon/Okajima over Hoffman/Bell anyday. But, where the difference came in was LRP. LRP are a relatively unimportant factor when looking at bullpens because they have no effect on whether or not you save a game. They usually sweep up 10 point leads/deficits and give up a few irrelavant runs. When you look at the Red Sox, they had guys like Joel Pinero and Julien Tavarez(both 5+ ERAs, over 30 games pitched in) sweeping up games and the Padres had guys like Kevin Cameron(2.79 era) Justin Hampson(2.70 era) and Doug Brocail(3.05 era). The Padres didnt have a single pitcher who appeared in 30 games(as reliever) and had over a 3.50 era. Now, when you look at the back of their bullpen(set up men and closer), they had Hoffman(2.98 era) Heath Bell(2.02 era), which is still really good, obviously, but doesnt equal up to the Red Sox Papelbon/Okajima combo. I would say anyone in this forum would take the Red Sox bullpen holding a 1 run game in the 7th inning over any other bullpen in baseball, and its not really close. But its not statistically best. Im just making the point that when I say Bullpen, Im more refferring to the 3-4 guys in the back of the 'pen that hold games than I am the bullpen as a single unit. My fault for not stating that before.
2. Now look at those WS teams. Last years Bostons, of course. But even in 2006 the Cards. Their 'pen ERA was 4.06 for the year, but Adam Wainwright, their savior after Izzy went down, wasnt shutdown closer then. In the playoffs, they had a better bullpen than they did in the Regular Season. Same way with the White Sox in 2005 when Jenks emerged. They also had Neal Cotts and Cliff Pollite who pitched ridiculous that year. They may not have been the best throughout the year, but were dominant in saving games in the playoffs. 2004, Sox may not have been deep in the 'pen, but had Foulke and Timilin, both pitched very well that year. Its those last 3-4 guys that make the bullpen a more important factor.
3. I dont think the A's would take Crede for Blanton either. Its a good thing I never said that.
What i said is that I thought Crede would be the better candidate for us to trade, or at least I think would be so we could keep some important aspects for the future with Fields at 3B. I also think we could get a good pitcher for Crede. Then, what I said, is i personally really like Joe Blanton. I knew he was avaliable and thought it would be great if we could work out a deal for him. That doesnt mean I think we should trade Crede for Blanton.(as nice as it would be.)
4. I have said how much the bullpen has improved. Im not going to come out and say a win total, thats just stupid. But I think our bullpen has gone from the weakest part of our team, to a strength. We hold some of these leads and come out on top. You look at all the stats you want, but I watched a lot of Sox games last year, and I was disgusted by how many times our bullpen would blow leads. Aside from being on the losing side of that particular game, it puts a huge hit on a teams moral having a game won then losing it. And having a bullpen that couldnt hold 2-3 run games wasnt good considering our offense was lucky to get 3-4 runs last season.
5. I think we could get a good pitcher for Crede. He didnt have a bad season last year, he didnt have a season period. Ill agree that he is somewhat a risk, but a team, if they believed he was healthy, would love to have the kind of offense/defense threat he can bring. I dont think we could get a pitcher quite at Blantons level, but at least Garland.(I mean, come on. We traded Garland for a "terrible" player in Orlando Cabrera, and most experts seem to think that was a completely even trade. So it shouldnt be that
hard to get a Garland type pitcher back.)
6. On a side, non-argumentive note, I do not think the White Sox should trade Konerko. Aside from being a great offensive player and a player who should rebound nicely from a down year for him, he brings intangables to the White Sox. He is a great leader in the clubhouse and he is a fan favorite. Plus, I think he helps out a winning team a lot, and thats what Kenny Williams is at least trying to do this year.
PS- I love how you have already decided the Sox will be as bad or worst as they were last year and exactly how many games we will win. This is no offense, but I think Kenny Williams knows a tad bit more about this than you do, since he has already put together a team from mostly crap and won one like this already. Something I am going to venture to say you have not done.
Is pushing for President Obama to pass a law requiring all citizens to be Chicago White Sox fans and make October 1st "White Sox Day" where we all dress as our favorite player. It maybe socialist, but I don't care.