Friday, October 21, 2011

Curt Young to Oakland

Of all the Red Sox who managed NOT to get thrown under the bus, Curt Young is perhaps the most surprising. 

To be fair, over the entire course of 2011, the pitching staff put together a performance that was almost identical to the 2010 season under John Farrell:
  • 2011:  4.20 ERA, 1213 K, 1.31 WHIP
  • 2010:  4.20 ERA, 1207 K, 1.36 WHIP 
However, this stat line looks as good as it does (which is not very) only thanks to the resurgence of Beckett and Papelbon.  I'd be hard pressed to say that Young otherwise did what was expected with the pitching staff he was given.  Certainly, he never accomplished with the Sox what he was able to accomplish with the A's-- but then, in Oakland he never had to deal with such a group of prima donnas.

So, it's no surprise to see that the Sox are letting him walk away from the second year of his two-year deal.  Here's hoping that we can find someone better to replace him.

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