Re: Are We All In Agreement that Drew Should Sit Tomorrow?
posted at 10/17/2013 12:03 PM EDT
From Sports writer on Globe:
Interpret that however you’d like, but it would be awfully surprising if Bogaerts isn’t penciled in the starting nine this evening. Granted, he’s never faced Sanchez in his brief career, but he entered Game 4 as a defensive replacement and led off the ninth inning with an opposite field, ground-rule double off Joaquin Benoit before, you guessed it, coming around to score. Even after sitting most of the night, he was ready to be a difference-maker.
That brings us back to the coin-flip. If Bogaerts plays, which struggling batter sits?
Yes, it could be argued that Drew’s glove is more important to the defense than what Middlebrooks provides at the hot corner, or that it's beneficial that Drew has some familiarity with Sanchez (batting .227 with a .626 OPS and 3 RBI in 22 career at-bats) while Middlebrooks is hitless in just two opportunities.
But Middlebrooks, unlike Drew, provides the potential for power (a home run every 19.8 at-bats vs. righties this year) in an offense that may finally be starting to click after it amassed a dozen hits the last time out. He’s also having a slightly better postseason with a .174 average and .530 OPS, not that those are numbers to brag about.
Ultimately, giving Bogaerts a shot, sitting Drew, and hoping Middlebrooks can find his way out of his funk makes the most sense.
Will Farrell view it the same way, or remain loyal to his veteran?