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 article...you 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?