||[Jun. 15th, 2005|01:30 pm]
Wish we had Pedro?
I'm writing this article for a couple of different reasons which I will explain. One is that I just finished reading Alan Schwarz's 'Numbers Game' and it's inspired me to question the way I listen and view baseball games once again. Also, with all of the nationally televised games that have been on T.V. recently (The Yankee series & interleague play) I've heard some of the announcers try and explain why the Sox don't have a better record then they currently owned. Without fail almost everytime they mention this they state that our pitching is to "blame". I agree 100% with that statement (Since as of today we're #1 in the AL in Runs Scored), however, where I do disagree is with what comes out of either Buck, Morgan, McCarver, or whoever's mouth next. And that's that it's not just our pitching, but it's because we don't have Pedro or D-Lowe anymore. So basically what they're saying is:
Boston Red Sox Pedro/D.Lowe > Boston Red Sox Clement/Wells/W.Miller
On the instant I hear these words I get frustrated and disagree, and there are numerous ways to look at this. I believe we made the right moves instinctively because:
a) I trust in our management 100% in making the right decisions for us. (I know this is blind)
b) Just simply looking at their salaries for the year makes it a great deal for the Sox:
David Wells $4,075,000
Wade Miller $1,500,000
Pedro Martinez $10,875,000
Derek Lowe $7,000,000
Now on money alone I believe that the Sox have done better for the team as a whole. I hope Pedro does win the NL Cy Young, I'm pulling for him to do it. But that doesn't necessarily mean we should have kept him. By looking at the above salaries Pedro's contract is almost as big this year as all three of the pitchers we got to replace him. Is Pedro better then those three combined? I don't think so.
Lets take a look at what each pitcher has done thus far this year:
Now we all know that both W.Miller & D.Wells have spent stints on the DL so that is one of the first things I take into account looking at these stats. The second thing I notice is that Pedro is carrying D.Lowe (imagine that). And the third thing I'll point out is that both Ex-Sox are facing a much less deadly NL and are out of the potent AL East. Not bad then huh? I'll take Wells over D.Lowe, and Clement has the same record as Pedro. Pedro's Pedro and you can't get a new 1999 Pedro, but dang, Clement's finally getting the run support he lacked last year with the Cubs and it's showing. Then you throw Wade Miller in the mix and it just shocks me that someone who gets paid to only follow baseball (Someday...) can say such a blanket statement. Lets look at each pitchers recent outings now that it's warmer, they're not injured, and they're more comfortable.
Ah, now (to me at least) it all seems to come much more into view. We're getting more innings for less money and they're quality starts at that. This frees up money for other concerns while not weakening the core of our staff. Oh yeah, some guy named Curt Schilling has basically been out all year. Once we get him back we'll have the beautiful problem of having too many good starting pitchers (which I've been talking about since Spring Training).