Monday, January 7, 2013

Red Sox Crack Just One Olney Top Ten List

ESPN's Buster Olney has put together a series of Top Ten Lists for the 2013 season. The lists rank the best overall teams, rotations, bullpens, lineups, infields and outfields. Of these six top ten rankings, the Red Sox appear in just one: they are number six on the lineup list. This is interesting, since most of the local mainstream sports media has been touting the Red Sox bullpen as a key strength. A potential 'pen of Joel Hanrahan, Koji Uehara, Andrew Bailey, Junichi Tazawa, Andrew Miller, Alfredo Aceves, Craig Breslow, Daniel Bard, and Chris Carpenter does seem formidable. But, Olney saw fit to rank bullpens like Arizona's (10a) ahead of the Carmine Hose.