Re: Darnell McDonald
posted at 8/31/2011 12:39 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Darnell McDonald
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Darnell McDonald : You forgot Salty, he left 7 on. I'm sure it was just an oversight.
Posted by Alibiike[/QUOTE]
Lots of oversights in what I wrote, including Salty's 7 LOB. So, while I regret giving Ortiz too little credit, I don't regret defending McDonald or attacking the the OP. The Sox had 13 hits and a bunch of walks, but only scored 2 runs in large part because the "big four" (Ellsbury, AGon, Pedroia, and Ortiz) drove in no runs and I think scored no runs. And the heart of the lineup, AGon, went 0 for 5 with 3 K's, etc. Given those facts, I don't understand why a separate thread should be devoted to blaming last night's loss on the guy batting 9th. Since when is the 9th hitter expected to deliver the goods when the guys with the big OPS's can't?
And, while I think AGon's bad night was a big part of the low-scoring problem, I, like practically every Sox fan, think he has been great all season long. He is the team MVP beyond a doubt. He just had one of those nights in part because he was batting lefty against a very good lefty starter, Sabathia, who this time managed to hold the Sox scoring down. Last night Sabathia owned AGon. It happens. AGon will no doubt shrug it off and drive on, which is great.
McDonald is what he is, a part-timer, a righty bat who can get a hit occasionally and whose defense and arm aren't half-bad. Against a good lefty starter like Sabathia, he is probably a better bet than Reddick and in fact did get a hit last night. I would love to see Reddick play full time, but right now he doesn't look like he is up to it, at least not at the plate and especially not against lefties like Sabathia.