Re: Early trend on JBJ
posted at 4/8/2013 8:51 AM EDT
Nave and Gomes turn an outstanding defensive OF into a weak defensive OF. The notion that these bench guys can produce at the plate enough to offset that is utterly absurd.
1) I never said it was enough to offset the defense, but LF defense, especially in Fenway, is not as big as you imagine it to be.
2) I was responding to your comment that Nava/Gomes had "lower OBP talent". I see, you didn't defend your position, but again, distracted from the issue.
If Bradley wasn't getting on base, perhaps putting those two butchers in LF would be a better option. But Bradley is getting on base. I'd say one week is too early to be claiming "overmatched", for a guy who is getting on base. Gomes and Nava are bench role guys, without any doubt.
If Ells had a .333 OBP, you'd be all over him. .333 is not really that good for LF in MLB. I still want Bradley playing, but I had envisioned trading Ellsbury, and having a Gomes/Nava platoon in LF once Papi returns.
At the end of the day, if managment pulls the early plug on Bradley and Iglesias, the team will go from a strong defensive team to a weak defensive team. No slugging from S. Drew and more Nava and Gomes is going to offset that. The pitching game stats will dedline, as well as the character of the team.
I agree, but we all know those two days are coming.