Re: Daniel Nava Is Getting a Raw Deal because the Red Sox are Winning in Spite of HIs Lack of Production
posted at 10/22/2013 8:02 AM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
1) The ALCS sample size for Nava is just 7 PAs. He has a .333 BA and 429 OBP (.762 OPS)
2) Nava had an OBP of .411 this season vs RHPs in a decent sample size.
3) Nava has a career .390 OBP vs righties and an .833 OPS.
1) Gomes had 16 PAs in the ALCS, despite every starter being a righty. He has a .188 BA and a .188 OBP (.438 OPS)
2) Against lefties in 2013, Jonny batted .258 with an OBP of .341 (.745 OPS).
3) Gomes has a career .225 BA and .310 OBP vs RHPs with an OPS of .733.
Neither is a great fielder.
I get the energy Gomes brings to the clubhouse and dugout, but just because Nava is not all fired up 24/7, does not mean he isn't the better choice to help our team win. I'm not putting down Farrell. We have won all 6 games the Gomes started, but there certainly is a good case (on paper) for backing Nava as the starter vs righties. There certainly should be a feeling that Nava is being snubbed through no fault of his own.
ADG's point that Gomes coming off the bench to face a lefty holds a lot of weight. He has been a fantastic PH'er this year, so starting Nava vs RH'd starters and using Gomes vs a lefty reliever seems to give us the best of both worlds.
(FYI: Gomes has a 1.405 OPS as a PH'er this year with 4 HRs in 21 ABs.)
Thank you moon. Everyone is saying they won anyway, yes that's true. But who's to say if Nava plays the Red Sox don't score more runs and maybe they would have won in 5. It just makes logical sense. If Gomes was hitting, okay, but he hasn't provided anything.
With a righty starter, start the lefty who has produced. Nava got you there. Give him some AB's. It's unfair to him.