Re: Berry, Bogaerts, Carp and the post-season roster
posted at 8/31/2013 1:23 PM EDT
In response to notin's comment:
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I think the Dave Roberts SB has gone to some people's heads. Having a PR on the roster would be nice, but...
Assuming health to all, this is my 25 for the playoffs:
11 Pitchers: Buch, Peavy, Lester, Lackey, Doubront (LR), Dempster (LR), Uehara, Tazawa, Breslow, Thornton, Workman (On the Bubble)
14 Position: Salty, Ross, Napoli, Pedey, Middlebrooks, Drew, Nava, Ellsbury, Victorino, Ortiz, Gomes, Carp, Bogaerts, JBJ (On the Bubble)
I beg to differ because I think you once again are favoring defense over offense. The only thing Bradley brings to the big club is defense. He has yet to hit MLB pitching and this year so far has 7 SB's and 7 CS's at AAA, which tells me he is at best a so-so baserunner. Bradley's lack of speed is one reason why the Sox will try (but not too hard) to re-sign Ellsbury.
A good pinchrunner is not a luxury in the postseason because there are plenty of opportunities to use one in late and close games, and right now the Sox don't have a pinch runner worthy of the name. Over a 162 game regular season, a pinchrunner is a luxury because then you need a player with some versatility. But, once you add that 14th lineup player, you can afford a good pinchrunner.
I do like Bradley because of his fielding and because I think he will be able to hit MLB pitching. Just not this year.
Also, for all the hype with regards to just letting JBJ step into CF after a half-hearted attempt to sign Ellsbury, who would be the leadoff hitter in 2014? Bradley?
Maybe not to start the year, but before long Bradley and his career .404 OBP will lead off. In the meantime, maybe Pedroia or Victorino.