Originally Posted by Frater Perdurabo
The 2005 Sox got outstanding starting pitching and magnificent relief work, in many cases from pitchers who had career years in 2005.
The pitching was helped by excellent fielding.
The 2005 offense generally scored just enough runs to win, because when the homers weren't flying they could still manufacture a run.
After 2005, KW made all the right moves in an effort to repeat. He added a durable quality starter, a LH slugging DH, and a versatile bench bat who had started elsewhere. At mid-season, he added a reliever who pitched great down the stretch. These moves just didn't work out.
Most of the moves before and during the 2006 season were solid. (But I will point out that Chris Young was one of the top prospects in all of baseball, and you simply don't see anyone else trading that level of prospect for solid, but not great veteran starers like Vasquez). We probably would have been worse in 2006 without them.. But in 2007 they really clowned it up (he started listening to Guillen who wanted a "move those runners up" offense) with Erstad, and Jerry Owens; and when things disintegrated, they didn't take the opportunity test our young prospects (Sweeney had 45 at bats; Owens had 356. Gio didn't pitch at all) and they traded for an awful Richar (with friendly Arizona). And then Williams got rid of the better prospects in the ill-fated Swisher trade. Fortunately, the Quentin trade #1 was fantastic. But since that time, he's made some good small moves, but most of his real trades have been particularly poor.