Re: CC in Left
posted at 8/2/2011 3:12 PM EDT
In Response to Re: CC in Left
[QUOTE]CC though had foreshadowed that he was not a good fit for Fenway when he was a Tampa Ray. To this day, I just don't get that signing. You have a better version of him in CF. The team had AGON (lefty), Ortiz (lefty), Ellsbury (lefty), Drew (lefty), Salty (switch), Varitek (switch), Lowrie (switch), so naturally sign another lefty hitter. Then get a guy who proved he was inept in a small ballpark like Fenway as a defensive player. It was a recipe for what the Sox have been receiving from him. He is a lot better than what he has shown, but the defense could have been scouted as a bad fit in just looking at tapes of Sox v. Rays games at Fenway. If you have that many lefties in a lineup, you throw lefties and you can go to lefty specialists if you put them in row. A RH batter was needed, and this was quite evident.
Posted by dannycater[/QUOTE]You are right about the RH to a large extent. That would have been the ideal fit. But that guy's contract (Werth) is even harder to comprehend than CC's was.
Now I have never been a huge fan of the signing and tried to figure it out once it was done because honestly I know the guys running the RS know more than I do.
But what I have always gotten was the RS felt they had to do something about their 2011 OF. While I have always been high on Ellsbury, I certainly did not think he would display the power he has this year. A more reasonable projection would have been a .355 OBP with 10-12 HRs. And after that the table slanted very badly for the RS and that has been seen on the field with Drew's rapid decline, Mac returning to his AAAA form and age catching up with Cameron. This team needed an OFer and the FA market stunk last year and is even thinner this year. Reddick has been a pleasant surprise BUT is anybody noticing that Reddick is coming back to earth?
So while I certainly can't argue the years and dollars I can see where the RS circumstances, desire to stay competitive and as importantly be compelling to their fanbase led them to CC.
So far the extreme LH slant of this team has not proven to be the issue many thought it would be. The RS record against LH contradicts it. Now a lot is the fact that Pedroia is no longer struggling with them, Ortiz has corrected his issues and while A-Gon's numbers aren't as good against LH, he is still a force regardless of which arm a pitcher uses.
Inept defensively in Fenway is an over statement of broad proportions. What I see what appears to be the same thing we see at the plate which is an approach that certainly suggests the player is concerned about making mistakes.
Now I am surprised considering the number of games Crawford has played in Fenway that he approaches his OF play so conservatively still but of all the things about CC this isn't one I personally think will be cronic. We shuld keep in mind that Crawford has historically made the web gem plays but also has made some quizzical decisions in the field and on the bases.
There is zero doubt in my mind however that RS Nation has found their next JD Drew and no matter what he does it won't match his contract. And unlike Drew, in the case of this contract, they will be right.