Who should be more concerned: Red Sox or Phillies?

Posted: April 13, 2012 by vindanton in Pro Sports

By: Vin D’Anton

The first week of the baseball season is the best time to panic about your favorite team. Or in some cases the best time to get excited if you are a Blue Jays or Dodgers fan.

Even though the season is still in it’s infancy, there has to be concern with some teams. Now, I know I am going ESPN on you right now bringing up unnecessary stories and just giving non-talented analysts something to talk about, but maybe, just maybe there is something to look at early on in 2012.

Going in to the 2011 season, everyone and their mother had the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox going to the World Series. I’m not going to rewind history for you because we all remember that unforgettable last night of the regular season in 2011, and that heartbreaking defeat in Philly against the champs.

Both teams haven’t started off 2012 to pretty either, and it begs the question, which should be more concerned: The Red Sox or the Phillies?

Now, we all know how I feel about the Phillies this season, but I have to be fair…the offense sucks. Before last season, the last time the Phillies didn’t rank top ten in the league in runs was 2003.  Last season they fell to 13 and to start off this season they’re tied at 28th…with the Mets (oh boy). The Pirates are last, but if the Buc-O’s didn’t face the Phils early on, maybe Philly’s in last?

To me, no worries for the Phils; in today’s baseball, pitching carries you. I know, I know…last season didn’t end to well, but that was last year. In their division, the Marlins and Mets won’t be anything, the Nationals aren’t ready, and the Phils own the Braves.

The real concern has to be the Red Sox. The “Sawx” are potentially another disaster waiting to happen. For starters, their division is the best and most competitive in sports, maybe other than the Atlantic in the NHL (hockey shout out!)

The Yankees and Rays will be there, and now Toronto is hungrier and stronger than ever…and the good ole’ Orioles will always fight hard under General Showalter.

The most agitating thing about the Sox is what the hell is wrong with this team? From a talent standpoint, I can’t put my finger on it. You can question the outfield but Jacoby Ellsbury has MVP talent and Ryan Sweeney is one of the fastest players in baseball.

Maybe we should turn to Yogi Berra and think that it might the mental part of the game after last years collapse? We all know about the locker room problems they had with guys like Josh Beckett and others, so they bring in Bobby Valentine to run the insane asylum.

More Fried Chicken and Sam Adams please

Former Sawk Curt Schilling is being very vocal about that hire, saying that bringing in an ego like Bobby V isn’t going to help and it has the potential to be even more of a circus. Can’t argue Schilling’s analysis after all the whacky things Valentine said about the Yankees during the pre-season.

I don’t want to hear the whole “first year managing a new team” crap either…this is like Jon Gruden coming to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002. The cake is baked, just ice it…and Gruden did.

The key difference between these two teams issues is that we expected early troubles for the Phils with their injuries…we were not expecting this from the Sox.

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