Re: Forget Ells, the real problem ...
posted at 5/27/2013 2:33 PM EDT
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
Funny how this thread has drifted away from the original topic, lack of good righty bats.
Let me make it clear again, I think Pedroia is having a terrific year at bat and in the field. He is indispensable to the lineup. But the fact he is batting 3d underscores Farrell's dilemma.
Yesterday's great win underscores the problem. In the amazing 9th inning rally all the hits were by lefty bats--Ortiz, Drew, and Ellsbury. Napoli once again went hitless in a game when hits were needed, and Gomes wasn't much better. Best righty knock was probably Iglesias sac fly to deep left.
That said, I think it is also fair to note this team has a terrific attitude, so I still like that thread about how Upton hitting dingers for Atlanta has "resulted" in wins for the Sox. There is no connection of course, but the point is the Sox are winning without a solid righty bat (other than Pedroia). Napoli was supposed to be one of those bats, but is mired in a slump. Ditto Middlebrooks. Ditto Gomes. So lefty starters will continue to plague the Sox.
Perhaps it went off topic because Roy invalidated the crux of your argument in the OP.
As a reminder, here is how you started your OP:
... are those weak righty bats, especially Napoli and Pedroia with RISP.
And here's Roy's post:
Nothing wrong with your post except that the facts don't agree.
Pedey is batting .333 overall and higher (.339) w/RISP.
Napoli is batting .262 overall and is also higher w/RISP at .283, which is respectable. His OPS w/RISP is .877, which is also higher than is season OPS.
Some acknowledgement of Roy's point would be in order lest you look like Softy or Georom.