Links 10-15-2010: This year, next year, and prospect news

About This Season

Pitching and defenseĀ didn’t work because we didn’t pitch well and we didn’t play defense. At least not well enough. But we did still finish 6th overall according to this sabermetric ranking of teams. The Giants? Eleventh.

What exactly did the injuries cost us this season? Could we still be playing, had things gone differently? It’s a question many people are asking, including Brian MacPherson. On the other hand, putting our injuries into the context of MLB shows that while we did lose a lot of position players this year, our pitching staff actually fared quite well.

He didn’t miss much time because of it, but Marco Scutaro was playing hurt a lot this year. I was quite pleased with his performance for the most part, but the OBP was slightly disappointing.

Exactly how good was Jon Lester this year? If you look at the total of no-hit innings pitched this year by each pitcher, Lester finished second, behind Felix Hernandez. That’s pretty good company. On the other hand, we should expect a bit of regression next year from the lowest ERA on our staff.

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Links 4-19-2010: The slump, Lowell time?, Lester’s pitch selection, more

If the numbers have anything to say about it, the Red Sox are mired in a slump of epic proportions. They have not been able to hit with runners on base, missed spots with pitches and suffered from critical defensive errors at bad times. All of this should look up in time, so I’m not as down on the team as some, but it sure is terrible to watch.

Ken Rosenthal points out that with a lot of home games coming up, we may be seeing a lot more of Mike Lowell at DH against left-handed pitchers. As I’ve been saying, I think that’s a good thing.

Brian MacPherson comes through again. If you thought you noticed a lot of changeups from Jon Lester yesterday, you were right – the Sox went in with an offspeed strategy against the Rays, who hit fastballs really well.

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2009-11-16 Links: Free agents and defensive evaluations, Sox top prospects, Varitek

Matt Holliday will likely get the biggest deal this offseason, but he’s no Mark Teixeira.

John Lackey might not be as good a signing as some think, warns FanGraphs.

FanGraphs gives an argument as to why trading for David DeJesus might be a better move than overpaying for a top free agent left fielder this offseason. Xavier Nady could be average with the bat, but don’t expect his arm to be what it used to be.

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