In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to ampoule's comment:
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
Drew lifted his OPS 60 points tonight to 749. That's 107 points higher than WMB. Drew has even driven in more runs per game than WMB.
The way Drew and Iglesias are playing right now, WMB returning will not make us a better team.
What to do?? There is no doubt that the FO is well aware of this.
Are their games played about equal?
Secondarily, a similar situation exists somewhat with Ellsbury...the way Nava is leading off and the way Bradley is playing.
It wouldn't surprise me if both their injuries take a little longer to heal than expected.
Amp, I'm not sure the team thinks we are a better team with Drew over WMB. Just because the short sample sizes to start the season indicate Drew is doing better, does not mean Ben thinks it will contibue as such. Also, the true choice for Ben, in his eyes, is probably Iggy vs WMB. My quess is he thinks Iggy is hitting over his head and will come down to earth. He already showed he believed that by demoting Iggy after a decent start.
Nava is an OB machine. I caught a lot of grief for saying it was "long past time" to demote Ells from the #1 slot, but how can you move Nava out of that slot now?
In essence, you're saying that Iggy will just have to wait out the time as a UI until drew is gone? You have to admit that the kid looks flawless out there no matter where he plays.
I'd love to see Nava stay where he is. I feel the grief you received for this opinion was/is unjustified. It would take a lot of moxie to move Ellsbury down, yet for the present, I think it would be best for the team. The FO is probably hoping his value will increase if he stays healthy and goes on a streak. So, thinking future consideration, they'll probably put him back on top. The whole scenario, for the FO, is probably a big crap shoot.
It's WMB I'm worried about. I really hope his batting and fielding slumps are injury related. We certainly could use his power in the middle of the lineup.