More on Pablo, including a video...
I guess I'm trying to counter the feeling that he was very inconsistent or more so than other pitchers with similar overall numbers ("accumulated stats").
To me, it's hard watching any style of Sox pitcher when they "don't have it".
I'll certainly agree that when he was on, it was much better watching him than when he wasn't.
It wasn't fun watching Price in his first 7 or 8 games last year.
It was painful watching Buch the many times he was "off".
ERod has been up and down in extremes over his short career with us.
I could go on and on with histories of inconsistent Sox pitchers. I just don't think Wake was any different and he may have been even been more consistent than most with his type numbers.
Jeff Todd reports:
Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez was cleared for his first pen session of the spring after suffering a minor knee injury in winter ball action, as Jen McCaffrey of MassLive.com reports. There was added concern given the trouble Rodriguez experienced with the same joint last year, but he was able to throw 40 pitches without incident today. Boston has some depth in the staff, with Rodriguez slated to compete with Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright for the final two rotation jobs, though maintaining that depth will hinge in no small part upon the ability of the 24-year-old to stay healthy throughout the coming season.
In ERod's 41 starts with the Sox, he has allowed 0-1 ERs in 18 of them!
Also, 0-2 ERs in 25 of 41 games.
Weird that he only has 2 games allowing exactly 4 ERs.
He has 8 games where he allowed 5 or more runs.
I'll say it now, so I can say I told you so 5 months from now: Chris Sale is a poison in the clubhouse. He will be a detriment to this team's morale, and will hold back the team's performance in some significant way. I still think we're a playoff team, but with Chris Sale, we're certainly not a championship caliber team.
This team has too many guys who would never let one guy be a clubhouse cancer. Farrell is also not the type of guy who would tolerate that stuff. Sale's never pitched in the playoffs before. He wants to win badly. My guess is that he'll be an ideal teammate.
Most players aren't a problem in the clubhouse as long as things are going well for them. It's when things go south that the problems start.
Josh Beckett is a good example of that. He was a leader. As long as he and the team weree winning he was the guy you wanted on the mound. He would lead the team to wins on the days when he pitched. When things went sour for him was when he became the problem in the clubhouse.
IMHO the dust-up with LaRouche and his son was what made Sale unhappy with the White Sox management. After that nothing the ChiSox could do would be right in Sale's eyes and that manifested itself in the throwback uniform incident. After that Sale was sick of the White Sox and they were sick of him.
The 2016 season may be an indication that Sale is a bit of a prima donna. Being very good will do that to some players. I don't see any doubt that there's a gamble involved in signing him but he could also very well be someone who just needs a change in scenery. Moncada aside, for the money he's making that's a risk I'd be willing to take. If he turns out to be a problem in Boston he'll be very tradeable.
At that point we have to hope that Moncada doesn't become the next Mike Trout (or Mookie Betts!)
Any owners who sign previously suspended PED abusers to a big $$ contract are as guilty of perpetuating the PED problem as are the players.