Re: 6-for-60, how do you go 6-for-60???
posted at 8/11/2014 12:03 PM EDT
There are fans that feel it's okay to have Bradley in the every day lineup based on his defense alone. There are fans that are trumpeting Nava on a daily basis, there are fans that want Holt every day, there are fans that are comfortable with Xander and Middlebrooks playing. So yeah, there are people finding the Pawtucket Sox fun to watch or some sort of future. People clamored for Mookie and Vasquez...The team's offense is an absolute joke and it's still missing 3 SPs from the WS champion team. So exactly how did the Sox get better with the trades? I don't feel comfortable about '15, let alone '16. Future not bright.
I'm not sure what you're looking for here, but:
-Yes, play JBJ, Xander, and Middlebrooks...there's no downside to giving them time to work things out, which they either will or won't. Then you have a better idea of where you stand next season. It's not like we have better alternatives anyway.
-Nava should not be playing on a daily basis...I like him on the team, but more as a bench bat. He is still productive vs. RHP.
-Holt was one of our best hitters and arguably the story of the season until very recently. Even with his slump he still leads the team in BA.
-Vazquez is no worse than Pierzynski with the bat, a clear upgrade behind the plate and probably in the clubhouse...and again, we have no one better right now.
Saying any of those guys should be in the lineup any given day is not the same as saying we're "okay with #7-9 not hitting." I would love a lineup full of studs, but this is what we have to deal with for the remainder of this year.
Yes, the offense is still sad to watch, and yes, I'm skeptical that the trades made us better, but I'm holding judgment until I see what happens this offseason. Aug/Sept 2014 will simply be tryouts for the 2015 team as far as I'm concerned...sad, but true.