Familiarity Breeds…

Certainly not contempt, but perhaps more patience at the plate, or better timing.  What was that about "second time around the league" again?*

*And I don’t mean this as an unfair swipe at Arroyo (who I liked), or a denial of the fact that a guy like him might be helpful to the Sox right now (he would).  This is more to point out that trades, particularly a trade like the Pena/Bronson one, take a good deal of time to assess.  It wasn’t a deadline deal done to achieve an express purpose, but rather a pre-season move done for long-term goals.   We should keep that in mind as we lament the current Sox’ pitching woes.

4 comments… add one
  • I thought this was a post about Papelbon.

    Nick-YF August 10, 2006, 4:53 pm
  • Hard to know if with Papelbon it’s second time around the league stuff or just his not being quite as big an historical anomaly as he’s been so far. A bit of both, probably.

    SF August 10, 2006, 4:59 pm
  • Also, his being a rookie, don’t you think SF? He’s got to be getting a wee bit tired by now…

    Sam August 10, 2006, 6:03 pm
  • I think it’s also that he’s on a learning curve. He blew these guys away in three straight games less than a month ago. He thought he could do it again (plus there’s the “We have to win this game so I better not do anything to screw this up” factor). They studied, they made adjustments, Papelbon didn’t.
    I don’t think there’s any question that Papelbon already is a better big-league pitcher than Arroyo.

    Paul SF August 10, 2006, 6:12 pm

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