Mazz: I mean, at best, they’re what? Little over .500?
Felger: So you agree with the tiers? They should be 20-23?
Mazz: I think they’re in the middle of the pack at best. So that scenario to me just suggested that I’m probably thinking too much of them purely because I don’t want them to suck and I don’t want the season to go down the toilet. So I’m trying to acknowledge my own bias in it because I don’t want them to blow. I like baseball still. I want to watch it. I want them to be a competitive team. So I hope that’s the case. It’s probably skewing my judgment. But I heard them talking about the starting lineup today on the morning show, Roachie was was on. They were going position by position…Casas? I don’t know what he is. Arroyo? No idea. Shortstop? Hernandez? Trick or treat. No idea. Devers I know. Yoshida looks like a pretty decent player. Center Fielder? No idea. Verdugo? Mediocre at best. Their catching blows. Their pitchers have injury history. I mean, they could suck. No, no, they could. I’m not telling you anything you don’t know. There’s a chance they will really suck.
Jim Murray: Did you see Buster Olyney’s top 100 players list he put out?
Mazz: One Red Sox.
Jim Murray: One Red Sox. Rafael Devers.
Mazz: And he was in the mid thirties.
Jim Murray: Oh, I thought he was 20. He was that low?
Mazz: Or you know what, put it this way, I know he wasn’t in the top 15.
Jim Murray: Yeah, you’re right.
Mazz: So again, what does that tell you? What the manager is supposed to start pulling rabbits out of his ass?
Felger: Or the GM is finding you diamonds in the rough?
Mazz: So look, again, I hope I’m wrong. I hope everything goes right for them. I hope they give us a baseball season. My guess is that their pitching will be good enough for them to hang around. But even if they hang around, what does that do for you?
Felger: Well, it gives us a baseball season.
Mazz: But I think the expectation for them should be higher than that.