Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 4/17/2013 5:44 PM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
Right now the Sox are subsisting on excellent starting pitching, which I think has a fair chance of holding up, barring injury of course. Bullpen also looks pretty good. I think pitching overall is helped by having Farrell as manager and the new pitching coach. Defense had been good too.
The hitting has been timely, but not all that great. As moonslav pointed out, timely hitting comes and goes. As I pointed out elsewhere, Ellsbury so far has an OPS of around .735, not good, but leads the team in runs scored and total bases (amazing, but true) and is second in hits and rbi's. My point is I think he will get better, and I think others--Drew, Napoli, Middlebrooks, Salty--will too. Plus Ortiz when he gets back. Drew and Ortiz particularly should provide useful lefty bats against all those righty starters--all three at Cleveland this week, for example.
Reportedly, Cherington's deal-making was driven in part by looking for players with good attitudes. I have never believed in that stuff because MLB is such an individual game--the central reality of every game is hitter vs. pitchers--but maybe I need to rethink that position.
Even without Iglesias and Bradley, the defense looks pretty decent out there. I frankly prefer watching those two play, but can see the value of getting Drew and Nava into the lineup, at least for now.
While Nava is no JBJ in LF, he's OK, especially in Fenway with the wall protecting him. Also, some better LF'ers than nava may misplay balls off the monster due to inexperience out there.
Some posters laughed at me when I said a Nava-Gomes strict platoon could make LF our best OBP position. While they haven't played much LF so far, combining their OBPs would place them right up there.
It's possible that a Nava / Gomes platoon could be one of the most offensively productive spots on the team overall. I think that is the plan. They didn't know if Nava would fill that slot but they got Gomes with that in mind.