I've interviewed Rick personally and he's said he believes in both systems, new school (stats) and old school (eyeball / scouts).
83 wins in a season is better than 73 to me in my book. Again, for the seemingly millionth time that doesn't mean I'm satisfied if the Sox win 82-83-85 games. OK?
Is that perfectly clear to you right now?
Bottom line... if the team is going to have a mediocre season I'd at least like them to win more than they lose. What's so hard about that to understand?