6-15-2010: What moves could be made?

As we are now fully into the month of June, we know that the two-month “evaluation period” is over, and the Red Sox are looking for ways to improve their team. After a horrid start by Boston and a torrid one by both New York and Tampa Bay, it would be easy to discount the Sox, but the truth is that Boston has the best record of all three teams since May 1 and has climbed to within 4 games of the division leaders.

Team W L Pct RS RA Diff
Boston 26 16 0.619 250 186 64
New York 25 16 0.610 237 173 64
Tampa 23 17 0.575 189 160 29

And that’s been done with Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron missing a huge chunk of that time. So it’s not like anything is irreparably broken, but there’s always room for improvement, right?

Evaluating areas of need

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2008 ALDS: Game 4 and Wrap

It was a great game, it was a great series. I had a great view of home plate, and I totally lost my voice, cheering our Sox on to victory. I want to give the Angels credit for their pitching, which was excellent for the most part. A few bad plays in the field, on the basepaths, and at the plate basically cost them this series. I almost feel kind of bad for them, and wonder if they’ll be able to be this good again any time soon. I say “almost” because they’re such sore losers. But on to the game: Read more of this post

Todd Jones picks the Angels to win it all

Wow, I’m having trouble finding people who will say that they’ll take the ALDS, much less the World Series. If they manage to plow through Boston and the Yankees with an ailing roster, they deserve to win it all. But Mr. Jones’ reasons aren’t terribly convincing, in my book:

My pick to win the pennant, however, is the Angels. They have the best team. Notice I said team. They hit, pitch and play defense. They’re like an N.L. team with a DH. Two of their speedier guys, Reggie Willits and Chone Figgins, are like David Eckstein times two. They get on base for the aircraft carrier who is Vlad Guerrero. This guy can hit when he’s sleeping. Their bullpen is deep, and K-Rod already has a ring.

Every time he mentions the Angels, you could substitute Red Sox in there and it would be true, maybe even more true. As the saying goes, “Anything you can do, we can do better.” We actually have three speedy guys in Jacoby Ellsbury, Coco Crisp and Julio Lugo. They have a combined 70 SB this season; Figgins and Willits’ total? 68. Our team leads the AL in OBP, and our #1 and #2 guys, Dustin Pedroia (.380) and Kevin Youkilis (.390), get on base more than Chone Figgins (.393) and Orlando Cabrera (.345). And if Vladimir Guerrero is an aircraft carrier, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez are the whole North Atlantic Fleet. The key for them is they hit when they’re awake, not just in their dreams. And as deep as their bullpen is, ours is deeper and better, and Jonathan Papelbon is the top closer in the AL. Paps may not have a ring yet, but he’s itching to get one.

Look, the Angels are a good ballclub, and I still don’t think we can sweep them. But with the injuries they’re dealing with and down 0-1 with the way it went on Wednesday, it’s going to take a mammoth effort just to reach game 5.