Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 3/4/2013 9:27 PM EST
Today's report from the Fort...not to be confused with Softy's spring training musings...
Iggy, with two more doubles today, looks good enough to have Ben and Farrell scratching their heads and asking themselves why they gave $10mil to Drew. These two hits were against Hellickson and Nieman, not the JV staff. This is NOT a knock on Drew as I think he has looked much better than I expected, but he is no Iggy.
Overbay had a triple late but hit into a double play early with runners on first and third and no outs to "drive in" a run. He also cost the Sox their only run allowed with a poor defensive play at first where he couldn't "find" the bag. It was scored a hit, a gift, and it lead to Tampa's only run. I can't see him lasting very much longer, and while I don't understand the infatuation with Carp either, the fact that either of these guys is here points out how much Ortiz can hamstring a roster with his DH only skillset. Of all the guys in camp vying for that fifth outfielder/back-up firstbaseman job, I would give it to Nava, although since he has options left I doubt that will happen.
Doubront looked like the same Doubie who struggled to go deep into games last year, nibbling his way to high pitch counts and unable to get out of the second inning. What makes him most frustrating is his swing and miss stuff is so good; but there are no swings when the pitches aren't even close. His first eight hitters took almost an hour to retire; the game moved along nicely after he departed.
I didn't think I would be needing long pants and swearshirts down here, but....
Thanks, Jid. Your reports are very insightful.
On Iggy, it may take him showing he can hit very well to finally get a chance: sad but true. I'm afraid the Drew investment will hold him back this year.
Doubie worries me.