“I think he’s a game changer. He’s that guy that can change a game defensively, offensively. When he gets on base, he gives you a headache. He has a little bit of that Johnny Damon in him where, he’s swinging and I’m not sure he knows where the ball is going, but he fouls off six or seven and then he’ll rifle one into right field or bounce one and beat it out. He has a way of changing the game. It frustrates the heck out of you. Sometimes you can do everything right, and if he gets on base you can’t throw him out.”—Boston manager Terry Francona on Carl Crawford.
I found it interesting that in this article he wrote the least amount about the Rays. He just talked about our stellar start last spring. People still don’t have much to say about them after these past 3 years?
Catcher John Jaso First Base Ben Zobrist Second Base Sean Rodriguez Third Base Evan Longoria Shortstop Reid Brignac Left Field Drew Vettleson Center Field Desmond Jennings Right Field B.J. Upton Designated Hitter Josh Sale No. 1 Starter David Price No. 2 Starter Jeremy Hellickson No. 3 Starter Matt Moore No. 4 Starter Jeff Niemann No. 5 Starter Wade Davis Closer Jake McGee
I don’t think there was a blatantly right or wrong answer among Price, (winner Felix) Hernandez and (CC) Sabathia for first place. I gave the edge to Price because I thought he had the best combination of wins, winning percentage, ERA and a wide variety of other measurables when also factoring in the significance of his contributions.
Price went 10-2 in what I still think is the toughest division in the American League. He pitched in high-leverage games throughout the year. When the Rays were battling the Yankees neck-and-neck for the AL East pennant in September, he went 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA. The Rays won his final six regular-season starts.
After July 18, the Rays lost only twice in regular-season games Price started, and in those two games, the Rays scored a combined two runs. Opposing batters hit .172 against Price after Sept. 1.
Going by stats alone, Hernandez wins hands-down. He had dominating numbers for a punchless team. He was also very good against the AL East, although he was only 3-6 in his own division.
King Felix is a deserving Cy Young Award winner. But when I filled out my ballot after the final regular-season game, I believed the ace on the AL East champions’ staff was the most deserving.
”—Tony Fabrizio, a sports writer for The Tampa Tribune.
Texas signing Carl Crawford is considered “Plan B”.
Crawford’s presence would (a) enable Texas to “rotate” Josh Hamilton, David Murphy and Nelson Cruz through the other two outfield spots (implying some degree of protection against injury), (b) holistically upgrade their outfield defense, and…
Oh boy, this would be scary. Although I doubt this would happen, as Nolan probably will really, really try to keep Lee. That means they wouldn’t have enough in the budget to get Crawford. We will see how this actually pans out.