Re: Forget Ells, the real problem ...
posted at 5/26/2013 6:53 PM EDT
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
Pedroia is having a terrific year, no question, but he is not the answer in the 3 slot even though he is currently the best answer available. He would be much more valuable in the 2 slot, but only if the Sox had a really good bat, preferably a righty bat, for the 3 slot. Pedroia has a solid OPS, the most hits on the team, the most games played, etc, etc, but he is only 4th in rbi's behind Napoli, Ortiz, and even Nava.
I started this thread because I think opposing managers realize they can send lefty starters against the Sox with impunity, and at least once the first lefty reliever after a left starter was used because the opposing manager saw how weak our righty bats are.
I wholeheartedly concur; in fact I wrote a thread on Pedroia in the 2 slot just recently. At the risk of being accused of redundancy, please note the comparison in stats that support Pedroia in the 2 slot and Nava batting in the 3 slot.
Pedroia 196 AB, .337 BA, .422 OBP, .439 SLG, 2 HR, 25 RBI
Nava 140 AB, .300 BA, .408 OBP, .486 SLG, 6 HR, 31 RBI
I submit that Nava, a switch hitter, offsets the lefty-righty issue, and is more apt to hit the long ball in the #3 slot than Pedroia. This is no slam toward Pedey, but I just believe that he is a natural #2 hitter and would be even more productive in that spot.
Pedroia reminds me so much of Nellie Fox, second baseman for the White Sox, who had a 19-year career. Just check out his stats in his prime years from 1951 through 1959.
He too was the consummate #2 hitter.