Monday, July 19, 2010
Oakland is a 500 baseball team. Other than Kurt Suzuki and Mark Ellis, no other position player would be starting ahead of any Red Sox player who will see the field in this series.
Seattle is a bad team. Now that Cliff Lee is in Texas, they are even worse. And the Olde Towne Team will apparently miss Felix Hernandez on this trip to the Pacific Northwest. They should win the series at Safeco.
The LAA of A is really a below 500 ball club and should not be feared at all, except for Jared Weaver’s start. He appears to be making the leap to a legit ace. Weaver is averaging more than strikeout per inning with a K/BB ratio greater than five. The biggest changes from Weaver’s 2007-09 baseline seasons is that he has found a way to get out lefties. They are hitting only 543 OPS against the younger Weaver versus 772 in 2007-2009. He is also throwing his curve ball more. It will be interesting to see if he is throwing it more to southpaws as a back door breaking ball like Jon Lester does to RHB.
Other than the Weaver start in the O.C., the Red Sox should not be underdogs in any game during this road trip. Oakland, Seattle and LAA of A are not good baseball teams.