Monday, February 19, 2007

5 Questions About Our Sox '07...From CBS Sportsline Dot Com

A nice article on this still 3 degree Monday morning from CBS Sportsline dot com. Five questions concerning our team. I'll list three of them here, with my comments after each.....for the entire CBS Sportsline piece, click on the title.....

1." By far the most important issue looming over the Red Sox this spring is who will pitch the ninth innings. The great hope is that the experiment of converting Joel Pineiro, who consistently disappointed as a starter in Seattle, has what it takes to succeed as a closer."

Peter here, and you've read my many words about the importance of the eighth and ninth innings, and who will be our "late inning" hero for '07. THERE HAS TO BE ONE!

2."Last year's closer, Jonathan Papelbon, is moving to the rotation -- where the Red Sox originally had him slotted before chance and necessity caused him to become an ubercloser last summer until a sore arm sidelined him Sept. 1."

Jonathon will be fine as a member of our talented rotation. And lastly...oh, and for the entire article, click on the title!

3. "Another young pitcher, Jon Lester, is healthy again after battling lymphoma last season. He dropped below 200 pounds while undergoing chemotherapy and was significantly weakened. He's strong again this spring, and he'll need everything he has to crack a solid rotation that will line up with Curt Schilling, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Josh Beckett, Tim Wakefield and Jonathan Papelbon..."

Peter here, and thanks for reading. And numbers two and three (out of five, but space prevents me from running the entire know how to get there), go directly back to our number one concern...the bullpen, and who will be where and in what role. I cannot see the future, but if all the 'pen pieces do not fall into place, I might not like what that future might look like. But then again, if all those pieces interlock seamlessly and form a formidable bullpen, well, hold on to your hats, for the world is possible! The baseball world in the palm of our hands. And then...we close our fist! I have faith! Do you?


At 2/19/2007 9:24 AM, Blogger Middle Relief said...

Jon Lester could be the best story of the 2007 and truly hopes he is a success. Prior to his illness he certainly was looking like he could be one of the most promising future stars for pitchers.

Papelbon - not sold that being a starter is in his, or the team's best interest. Sore arm, plus it is different going 6 to 7 innings vs. 3 outs. Batters get their timing etc. So, I guess time will tell.

At 2/19/2007 9:25 AM, Blogger Middle Relief said...

On a side note, how great is it that Spring Training is finaly here.

This is been a very, very, very long offseason.

Cannot wait until opening day.

At 2/19/2007 9:30 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Middle relief, GREAT to hear from you. And yes, Spring Training makes my heart warm. I wish the temperatures would make their annual adjustment soon. The temperature today has been going down since 8am. Glad to see you back and commenting! I am a frequent visitor to your place too.

At 2/19/2007 5:08 PM, Blogger Fenway Blogger said...

Middle relief,
I agree about Lester. He was on his way last year and sounds and looks like he is recovering quick.The Sox have let him loose with a watchful eye of course!
Hey Peter!

At 2/19/2007 5:15 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Hey! Thanks for the comments, everyone. Co-co-cold....

At 2/19/2007 8:15 PM, Blogger Katiee said...

cold=not fun but whatever.
Aaaaanyways we have to keep the faith I mean come ON we are Sox fans it's what we do

At 2/19/2007 8:29 PM, Blogger laura said...

It would be great if Lester could have a terrific season. Definitely an inspiration.

At 2/20/2007 6:40 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

It would be treeemendous!!


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