|Quote, originally posted by Methalius »|
Jeez.... What do the Sox do during the offseason with Ortiz?
I think what they have to do is hope that most his problems at the beginning of the year have been because of the lingering wrist injury ---- that it's an 18 month thing to be back to 100% --- and that the recent issue has been mental/stress. And hope he comes back to a .270/25/90 dh and play him 80% of the time.
Or, just eat the contract and release him. The thing about baseball is that you pay for past performance and hope it at least evens out: the Sox got a heck of a lot of production from him when he was making a couple mil a year and this contract was a reward for that.
As for the Yankees vs. Red Sox pitching debate, check out quality starts (% of total starts in parentheses), keeping in mind that Grienke leads the league with 20. QS is 6+ innings with 3 or less runs
Beckett 17 (.74)
Lester 16 (.67)
Wakefield 11 (.65)
Penny 11 (.65)
Buchholz 2 (.33 - but he has 2 with 5.2 ip)
Sabathia 13 (.52)
Burnett 16 (.70)
Joba 11 (.48)
Pettite 13 (.54)
Sox top starters are throwing a QS about 2/3 of the time. Yankees are about 1/2 the time, besides Burnett (who's shown that he can turn in some serious clunkers, especially against the red sox).
Other interesting note: Beckett has had only 3 non-quality starts since April, an 83% QS% --- 4-2, 8ip loss to Texas, 6-5 W against baltimore (7 ip), and 11-6 loss to philly (6 innings). He hasn't had an early exit blow up game since April.