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A Realistic View at 2013: Part III

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    My predictions:

    Game 1:  Boston 5  StL  2  (Lester/Wainwright)

    Game 2:  Boston 6  StL 4   (Lackey/Wacha)

    Game 3:  StL 4  Boston 2 (Buchholz/Kelly)

    Game 4:  Boston 6  StL 3 (Peavy/Lynn)

    Game 5:  StL 4  Boston 3 (Lester/Wainwright)

    Game 6: Boston 14 StL 5 (Lackey/Wachu)

     
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    Moon I see it the same way. Not going into your detail but I see us winning the first two at home, losing two out of three there, then wrapping it up in six. Wacha has been great but that bubble seems ready to burst. And their three and four starters are not in our league. I think Wainwright wins one in St. Lou and Peavy or Buch loses one there. I see low scoring games in game one and five and a lot more scoring in the rest.

     
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    Moon I see it the same way. Not going into your detail but I see us winning the first two at home, losing two out of three there, then wrapping it up in six. Wacha has been great but that bubble seems ready to burst. And their three and four starters are not in our league. I think Wainwright wins one in St. Lou and Peavy or Buch loses one there. I see low scoring games in game one and five and a lot more scoring in the rest.



    It could easily go 7, but I really feel good about our chances when it comes to any elimination game. We are very scrappy.

     
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    WOW!  What more do I need to say about the game tonight?

    What I do need to say more about is this: Buch is evidently complaining about his shoulder and the post game announcers were pretty unsympathetic.  Schilling  was very pointed in his remarks but that's another conversation.  What caught my eye during the game was a statistic flashed saying SL had 20th worst record when facing lefties--did I get that right?  I'm wondering if we should be starting Doobie in the third game?  He wasn't chopped liver this year and didn't he improve as the year wore on?

    San Fran. signed "The Kid" Linsecum today for about 35 mil/2 yrs.  The papers say it's to put people in the seats because everyone likes the kid.  I'm sure that part of it will work out just fine.

     
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    WOW!  What more do I need to say about the game tonight?

    What I do need to say more about is this: Buch is evidently complaining about his shoulder and the post game announcers were pretty unsympathetic.  Schilling  was very pointed in his remarks but that's another conversation.  What caught my eye during the game was a statistic flashed saying SL had 20th worst record when facing lefties--did I get that right?  I'm wondering if we should be starting Doobie in the third game?  He wasn't chopped liver this year and didn't he improve as the year wore on?

    San Fran. signed "The Kid" Linsecum today for about 35 mil/2 yrs.  The papers say it's to put people in the seats because everyone likes the kid.  I'm sure that part of it will work out just fine.



    Peavy is starting game 3, but maybe Doubie should start game 4.

     
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    Win tonight and put the pressure on the redbirds!

     
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    Good thing we only have to face Wachu one more time in the next 5 games.

    I still think we should be the favorites to win, despite losing home filed advantage and the DH for the next 3 games.

     

    I'd go with this for game 3:

    1) Ellsbury

    2) Victorino

    3) Pedroia

    4) Ortiz 1B

    5) Nava 

    6) Salty

    7) Middlebrooks

    8) Bogey

    9) Pitcher

     

    Game 4:

    1) Ellsbury

    2) Victorino

    3) Pedroia

    4) Napoli 

    5) Nava 

    6) Salty

    7) Bogey

    8) Drew

     

    9) Pitcher

     

    Game 5:

    1) Ellsbury

    2) Victorino

    3) Pedroia

    4) Ortiz 1B

    5) Nava 

    6) Salty

    7) Bogey or Middlebrooks

    8) Drew

     

    9) Pitcher

     

     
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    At the risk of sounding like a basher, I think it's time to let Drew sit one out and get Nava back in the lineup. Drew's defense has been terrific, but he looks totally lost at the dish. And Peavy is more of a fly ball pitcher which minimizes the importance of infield defense somewhat. St. Louis' three and four starters are less than awesome, far less.

     
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    At the risk of sounding like a basher, I think it's time to let Drew sit one out and get Nava back in the lineup....

    Yes, note my game 3 line-up.

    With Napoli sitting out, I'd upgrade with Nava over Gomes and Middy over Drew to hopefully take up some of the slack.

    Game 4, I'd go back to Drew coming off a 2 day rest. (Papi sits and Naps plays) Maybe Middy plays instead of Bogey for a game.



     
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    If I'm Farrell, I would start thinking about Ross's intangibles rather than those of Gomes. I'd start Nava every game we have left and Ross also. They wouldn't even try to do that double steal they did last game on Ross when Salty couldn't get the ball out of his glove he was so much in shock. He absolutely had them dead nuts if he could pull the trigger. But he didn't. And Ross probably catches that ball at home as well. Gomes shouldn't even have thrown that ball home. Even if it were perfect he wouldn't have gotten the guy. So much for his decision making. 

    Pedey is a winner. He makes great decisions instantly, when the pressure is on. Napoli is a winner and Ross is to. Those are championship level players. Ellsbury. Lester, Papi, Lackey...etc. Every team has championship level players and a few guys who don't mess up so bad that they cost you a title. Even one guy can really mess you up, for example Fielder basically blew that series with Detroit. We look like only one guy is messing up badly and he probably doesn't see action again ( Morales ). We have some guys barely carrying their weight but we have championship level players making the plays necessary to win championships. Have patience. They will come!

    We have more of those players than St. Louis in my opinion, from watching so far. We still have a strong shot here but something still tells me Nava has an important roll yet to play. We need his bat in that lineup. We need on base guys and an occasional double at an important time. Nava will give us the quality AB Farrell attributed to Gomes.

    I know people will think I'm just basing Salty again but as I've maintatined all along, I think Salty has some positive attributes like power in his bat but when the going gets tough I want a guy I can count on to make that play on the double steal. To pull the trigger on the throw because his head is in the game enough to know it is potentially going to happen. After all the signs were clearly there. Even Kozma had it together more than him at that moment in time.

    Ross has his you know what together. I want him in the game. Somebody wake Farrell up and give him a dictionary because he has no clue what intangibles really are.

     
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    Gomes looks the part. Nava is the real deal. So is Ross.

     
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    If I'm Farrell, I would start thinking about Ross's intangibles rather than those of Gomes.

    We know your views on Salty, but the team went 18-15 when Ross started this year. We went 9-9 in Lava starts. We went 70-41 in Salty starts.

    Salty did not lose that game last night. He blocked quite a few bad pitches and tried his hardest to make a play on a throw off the mark.

     

    I'd start Nava every game we have left and Ross also. They wouldn't even try to do that double steal they did last game on Ross when Salty couldn't get the ball out of his glove he was so much in shock. He absolutely had them dead nuts if he could pull the trigger. But he didn't.

    That was unfortunate.

    And Ross probably catches that ball at home as well.

    If any catcher catches that ball, the runner is safe and we lose anyway. Salty tried to catch and swoop tag as the only way to make that out and save the game. If anyone is to blame, and I hate to blame any one guy, it was the throw by Gomes.

    Gomes shouldn't even have thrown that ball home. Even if it were perfect he wouldn't have gotten the guy. So much for his decision making. 

    He was out with that same throw 3-4 feet to his right.

    Pedey is a winner. He makes great decisions instantly, when the pressure is on. Napoli is a winner and Ross is to. Those are championship level players. Ellsbury. Lester, Papi, Lackey...etc. Every team has championship level players and a few guys who don't mess up so bad that they cost you a title. Even one guy can really mess you up, for example Fielder basically blew that series with Detroit. We look like only one guy is messing up badly and he probably doesn't see action again ( Morales ). We have some guys barely carrying their weight but we have championship level players making the plays necessary to win championships. Have patience. They will come!

    I agree. We should still win.

    We have more of those players than St. Louis in my opinion, from watching so far. We still have a strong shot here but something still tells me Nava has an important roll yet to play. We need his bat in that lineup. We need on base guys and an occasional double at an important time. Nava will give us the quality AB Farrell attributed to Gomes.

    Without Naps in the line-up, we need to keep the better bat vs RHPs, Salt, in the line-up, put Nava in LF where he should have been all along, and Middy at 3B/Bogey at SS for game 3.

    I know people will think I'm just basing Salty again but as I've maintatined all along, I think Salty has some positive attributes like power in his bat but when the going gets tough I want a guy I can count on to make that play on the double steal.

    Way better OBP, SLG, and BA too. The worse arm does not mean Ross is better overall.

    To pull the trigger on the throw because his head is in the game enough to know it is potentially going to happen.

    The ball slipped out of his hand. It was not a mental thing, especially after they saw the SB was almost tried a pitch or two before.

    After all the signs were clearly there. Even Kozma had it together more than him at that moment in time.

    You are bashing, boom.

    Ross has his you know what together. I want him in the game. Somebody wake Farrell up and give him a dictionary because he has no clue what intangibles really are.

    Salty brings a lot of intangibles to the table: blocking bad pitches, pitch framing, much improved staff handling, much higher LD%, plus the standard OBP, BA, SLG%...

    Ross is a better thrower and perhaps a slightly better pitch-caller. Playing Ross over Salty is worse than playing Gomes over Nava based on "intangibles" or "hunches".

     
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    Gomes looks the part. Nava is the real deal. So is Ross.



    Ross "looks the part". Salty is the real deal. So is Nava.

     

    Salty has had a remarkable season. He also has 5 RBI in 9 playoff games (rate of 100 per 620 PAs)

    Ross hit .216 with an OBP below .300.

     
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    Red Sox Prospects is right on the mark about Salty.  The opposition has green lights all around when that dude is behind the dish and everyone knows it.  That's what lost the game; he could have made the throw into the outfield had he been able to get it out of his glove, so it was probably better that he simply fumbled the thing.  When the pressure is on Salty wilts.  Ask yourself, do you want Salty coming to the plate with the team down a run in the late innings?  No, if one is honest, one does not want to see Salty coming to the plate in that situation.  Because one knows the chances are pretty much 99.999 % that he'll strike out with men on second and third.  This is just who he is.  He's a good guy, a team guy, has a prettier stat line this year than in previous years, but he's not a guy you want in the spotlight when the hit must be had, when the throw must be made.  Now.  Let's hope he shuts me up for good with a game 7 base clearing double in the 8th when we're down two runs. Surprised

     
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    Red Sox Prospects is right on the mark about Salty. The opposition has green lights all around when that dude is behind the dish and everyone knows it. 

    They ran once- hardly the "green light".

     

    That's what lost the game; he could have made the throw into the outfield had he been able to get it out of his glove, so it was probably better that he simply fumbled the thing.  When the pressure is on Salty wilts. 

    Really? Wow Boom, WOW!

    Ask yourself, do you want Salty coming to the plate with the team down a run in the late innings? 

    He was one of our clutchest hitters in 2012. He has struggled this year, but he still has some big hits when it counts. 

    No, if one is honest, one does not want to see Salty coming to the plate in that situation. 

    You love seeing Ross come up?

    Because one knows the chances are pretty much 99.999 % that he'll strike out with men on second and third. 

    Clear bashing, boom.

    This is just who he is. 

    No, it's not. It's your warped perception of him.

    He's a good guy, a team guy, has a prettier stat line this year than in previous years, but he's not a guy you want in the spotlight when the hit must be had, when the throw must be made.  Now.  Let's hope he shuts me up for good with a game 7 base clearing double in the 8th when we're down two runs. Surprised




    Stats reflect performance. Prettier stats mean better performance. His OBP rose a ton this year as a direct result of increased BBs and LD%. Yes, he may have been a little luckier, but he has improved on all his weak areas except the arm.

    Ross and Lava are much worse. Much worse. (Not bashing)

     
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    Pujols is a cautionary tale for any GM.  He was starting to slow down before he left SL. His pride had some play in the negotiations I think...



    It's not just the Pujols deal, look at all the top deals ever signed. How many really worked out 100% for the team? How many even 50%?

    1. Alex Rodriguez, $275,000,000 (2008-17)
    2. Alex Rodriguez, $252,000,000 
    (2001-10)
    3. Albert Pujols, $240,000,000 (2012-21)
    4. Joey Votto, $225,000,000 (2014-23)
    5. Prince Fielder, $214,000,000 (2012-20)
    6. Derek Jeter, $189,000,000 
    (2001-10)
    7. Joe Mauer, $184,000,000 (2011-18)
    8. Mark Teixeira, $180,000,000 (2009-16)
    . . . Justin Verlander, $180,000,000 (2013-19)
    10. Felix Hernandez, $175,000,000 (2013-19)
    11. Buster Posey, $167,000,000 (2013-21)
    12. CC Sabathia, $161,000,000 (2009-15)
    13. Manny Ramirez, $160,000,000 (2001-08)
    . . . Matt Kemp, $160,000,000 (2012-19)
    15. Troy Tulowitzki, $157,750,000 
    (2011-20)
    16. Adrian Gonzalez, $154,000,000 (2012-18)
    17. Miguel Cabrera, $152,300,000 
    (2008-15)
    18. Zack Greinke, $147,000,
    000 (2013-18)
    19. Cole Hamels, $144,000,000 (2013-18) 
    20. Carl Crawford, $142,000,000 (2011-17)
    21. Todd Helton, $141,500,000 (2003-11)
    22. David Wright, $138,000,000 (2013-20)
    23. Johan Santana, $137,500,000 (2008-13)
    24. Alfonso Soriano, $136,000,000 (2007-14)
    25. Matt Cain, $127,500,000 (2012-17)
    26. Vernon Wells, $126,000,000 
    (2008-14)
    . . . Barry Zito, $126,000,000 (2007-13)
    . . . Jayson Werth, $126,000,000 (2011-17)
    29. Ryan Howard, $125,000,000 (2012-16)
    . . . Josh Hamilton, $125,000,000 (2013-17)
    31. CC Sabathia, $122,000,000 (2012-16) 
    32. Mike Hampton, $121,000,000 (2001-08)
    33. Jason Giambi, $120,000,000 (2002-08)
    . . . Matt Holliday, $120,000,000 (2010-16)
    . . . Cliff Lee, $120,000,000 (2011-15)
    . . . Elvis Andrus, $120,000,000 (2015-22)
    37. Carlos Beltran, $119,000,000 (2005-11)
    38. Ken Griffey Jr., $116,500,000 (2000-08)
    39. Dustin Pedroia, $110,000,000 (2014-21)
    40. Jose Reyes, $106,000,000 (2012-17) 
    41. Kevin Brown, $105,000,000 (1999-2005)
    . . . Ryan Braun, $105,000,000 (2016-20)
    43. Ryan Zimmerman, $100,000,000 (2014-19) 
    . . . Evan Longoria, $100,000,000 (2017-22)
    . . . Carlos Lee, $100,000,000 (2007-12)
    . . . Albert Pujols, $100,000,000 (2004-10)
    47.  Adam Wainwright, $97,500,000 (2014-18)
    48. Carlos Zambrano, $91,500,000 (2008-12)
    49. Mike Piazza, $91,000,000 (1999-2005)
    50. Barry Bonds, $90,000,000 (2002-06)
    . . . Torii Hunter, $90,000,000 (2008-12)
    . . . Chipper Jones, $90,000,000 (2001-06)
    . . . Hunter Pence, $90,000,000 (2014-18)
    . . . Scott Rolen, $90,000,000 (2003-10)
    . . . Ichiro Suzuki, $90,000,000 (2008-12)

     
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    In response to soxnewmex's comment:

    Red Sox Prospects is right on the mark about Salty. The opposition has green lights all around when that dude is behind the dish and everyone knows it. 

    They ran once- hardly the "green light".

     

    That's what lost the game; he could have made the throw into the outfield had he been able to get it out of his glove, so it was probably better that he simply fumbled the thing.  When the pressure is on Salty wilts. 

    Really? Wow Boom, WOW!

    Ask yourself, do you want Salty coming to the plate with the team down a run in the late innings? 

    He was one of our clutchest hitters in 2012. He has struggled this year, but he still has some big hits when it counts. 

    No, if one is honest, one does not want to see Salty coming to the plate in that situation. 

    You love seeing Ross come up?

    Because one knows the chances are pretty much 99.999 % that he'll strike out with men on second and third. 

    Clear bashing, boom.

    This is just who he is. 

    No, it's not. It's your warped perception of him.

    He's a good guy, a team guy, has a prettier stat line this year than in previous years, but he's not a guy you want in the spotlight when the hit must be had, when the throw must be made.  Now.  Let's hope he shuts me up for good with a game 7 base clearing double in the 8th when we're down two runs. Surprised




    Stats reflect performance. Prettier stats mean better performance. His OBP rose a ton this year as a direct result of increased BBs and LD%. Yes, he may have been a little luckier, but he has improved on all his weak areas except the arm.

    Ross and Lava are much worse. Much worse. (Not bashing)



    Moon, I'm not soxnewmex. I didn't write that post.

     
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    In response to moonslav59's comment:

    In response to soxnewmex's comment:

    Red Sox Prospects is right on the mark about Salty. The opposition has green lights all around when that dude is behind the dish and everyone knows it. 

    They ran once- hardly the "green light".

     

    That's what lost the game; he could have made the throw into the outfield had he been able to get it out of his glove, so it was probably better that he simply fumbled the thing.  When the pressure is on Salty wilts. 

    Really? Wow Boom, WOW!

    Ask yourself, do you want Salty coming to the plate with the team down a run in the late innings? 

    He was one of our clutchest hitters in 2012. He has struggled this year, but he still has some big hits when it counts. 

    No, if one is honest, one does not want to see Salty coming to the plate in that situation. 

    You love seeing Ross come up?

    Because one knows the chances are pretty much 99.999 % that he'll strike out with men on second and third. 

    Clear bashing, boom.

    This is just who he is. 

    No, it's not. It's your warped perception of him.

    He's a good guy, a team guy, has a prettier stat line this year than in previous years, but he's not a guy you want in the spotlight when the hit must be had, when the throw must be made.  Now.  Let's hope he shuts me up for good with a game 7 base clearing double in the 8th when we're down two runs. Surprised




    Stats reflect performance. Prettier stats mean better performance. His OBP rose a ton this year as a direct result of increased BBs and LD%. Yes, he may have been a little luckier, but he has improved on all his weak areas except the arm.

    Ross and Lava are much worse. Much worse. (Not bashing)



    Moon, I'm not soxnewmex. I didn't write that post.



    Sorry, boom.

    My bad.

     
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    Yet again tonight, Wong gets on first and everyone in the stadium knows he is going to steal that base. I would have subbed in Ross right there, if not sooner. At that point in the game Salty was a huge liability.

    And when things start happening at the end of the game, Pedroia makes another stellar play and puts the throw exactly where it needed to be at home and Salty freaks out and throws the ball to third when he had no chance to get him out. Another bad decision in the heat of the moment. Pedroia is making great decisions in a nanosecond and executing the play perfectly. Salty is running around with his head cut off.

    I've been saying it all year...BUT YOU GUYS WOULDN'T LISTEN. Salty is not a guy you want on the field in the heat of the moment in a championship level competition. He is not good at low scoring games. Not good at controlling the running game. Not good at making good decisions under pressure. He has done well to get us here but when we need guys to make plays in the heat of the moment he is NOT THE GUY WE NEED.

    Once in a while he lucks out and knocks the ball through a drawn in infield when what he should have been trying to do is get the ball in the outfield. Once in a while he hits a bloop hit for a walk off. He rarely makes it happen when the game is on the line and I don't recall him ever doing something great to win a game. Executing any play well to win a game. Again, it's always a bloop hit or a grounder through the infield. Even the blind mouse finds the cheese sometimes.

    All I'm saying is ask yourself this. Would Ross have thrown that ball to 3rd with 2 outs and Koji pitching and the runner almost sliding by the time he attempts the throw? NWIH.

     
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    I don't like bashing Salty. He's a likeable guy. I just want to win. It's purely a decision based upon analysis. Salty is not the guy we need. We might win anyway but he is not our ideal choice by any means.

    I bet Ross starts the next game and he may well start the next 2 games.

     
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    At least Farrell finally gave Nava some PT. That was clearly long overdue. It's also great to see Bogaerts emerge as a stud at this time of year. He looked solid on that triple. The guy gets his bat on the ball and makes good contact.  He has pop in his bat. When few other players are even putting the ball in play ( Drew for example ), Bogaerts is making decent contact and driving the ball, not to mention working the count and getting onbase with walks. And Nava is also. We have the players needed in place to win this thing, if we use them.

    We have a real stud in Bogaerts. A Hanley waiting to happen. Now do we realize it yet or does he have to prove it over and over before we figure it out. The kid needs to be in the lineup every day.

    It takes some players like Holiday, Pedroia, Ortiz, Molina etc...to win championships and Bogaerts is well on his way to being there already.

    I think we have a good shot to win tomorrow still. This thing isn't over. I think we are in the middle of a classic!

    I just assumed they would leave Doubront in there. In hindsight maybe that was the way to go.

     
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    Salty has 19 strikeouts in 32 AB this post season. Over 59% of the time he hasn't even put the ball in play. Unbelieveably bad.

     
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    I'm sorry I was so teed off yesterday. It just seemed like one bad decision after another. I would have left Doubront in there. I would have benched Salty for Ross, especially after Wong got on. We need to manage the team for the world series, not for an average game in June. To sit Nava for Gomes for one game after another against RH pitching was just flat out ignorant. In prior World series we didn't make such bad decisions and that is a big reason why we won. The manager actually counts in projecting team success. What works in the regular season does not necessarily work in the playoffs. 

    For example, Napoli is known for being able to hit quality pitching. I'm not a huge fan of his but the guy plays sharp defense and he can hit a 96 mph fastball. Give me bat speed at this time of the year. The studs need to emerge and then you play them. Go with the hot hand. It's a small sample size and if a guy shows that his head is in the game, as Pedroia always is, then utilize him!

    Not saying to bench Papi, for Napoli, because it is clear that he has the complete respect of St. Louis. Whoever is hitting behind Papi is going to get opportunities. This series in many ways revolves around who is hitting Papi in the lineup, and how he does.

    Ergo the consideration of Napoli at 3rd. They know that they want Napoli in the lineup badly. They might even be willing to experiment with him at 3rd, as incredible as that sounds.

     
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    Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part III

    In response to RedsoxProspects' comment:

    I'm sorry I was so teed off yesterday. It just seemed like one bad decision after another. I would have left Doubront in there. I would have benched Salty for Ross, especially after Wong got on. We need to manage the team for the world series, not for an average game in June. To sit Nava for Gomes for one game after another against RH pitching was just flat out ignorant. In prior World series we didn't make such bad decisions and that is a big reason why we won. The manager actually counts in projecting team success. What works in the regular season does not necessarily work in the playoffs. 

    For example, Napoli is known for being able to hit quality pitching. I'm not a huge fan of his but the guy plays sharp defense and he can hit a 96 mph fastball. Give me bat speed at this time of the year. The studs need to emerge and then you play them. Go with the hot hand. It's a small sample size and if a guy shows that his head is in the game, as Pedroia always is, then utilize him!

    Not saying to bench Papi, for Napoli, because it is clear that he has the complete respect of St. Louis. Whoever is hitting behind Papi is going to get opportunities. This series in many ways revolves around who is hitting Papi in the lineup, and how he does.

    Ergo the consideration of Napoli at 3rd. They know that they want Napoli in the lineup badly. They might even be willing to experiment with him at 3rd, as incredible as that sounds.



    If Napoli plays anywhere but 1B, it will be catcher. Later in the game, they can pinch run for Papi and move Naps to 1B and bring in Ross for defense at catcher.

    Napoli's hip issue should not be a big concern, unless we plan on re-signing him for another year or more.

     
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    Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part III

    In response to RedsoxProspects' comment:

    Salty has 19 strikeouts in 32 AB this post season. Over 59% of the time he hasn't even put the ball in play. Unbelieveably bad.



    He's due to bust out.

    Do is Drew.

    Drew has struck out 17 times in 44 ABs and 15 of his last 29, but at least Salty has gotten on base 9 of his last 35 PAs (Drew 5 of 44 and 3 of his last 29).

     
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