Re: I think it's time for a new left side...
posted at 7/28/2013 11:50 AM EDT
In response to mef429's comment:
In response to makonikyman's comment:
In response to Alibiike's comment:
Left side? How about catcher? We have one who can't throw any out and has struck out more than 100 times while only hitting 8 HRs.
When will the Saltalamacchia experiment end?
"You don't save a pitcher for tomorrow. Tomorrow it may rain." ~ Leo Durocher
Well...we don't have many options with catcher right now ( Ross just coming back might help ) but at least if we bring up Midds and Boggy it'll move down in the lineup whoever is catching. They'll be hitting 8/9 instead of 6/7....right now, the bottom half of this lineup is atrocious...and can be pitched too too easily.I know....we re number one in offense etc...but come crunch time, we need to have tougher outs 1 through 9....I just think bringing those two up will light a spark under this team...let's face it, anyone who thought Iggy was a 400 hitter , or, for that matter, a 250 hitter, was high on something. He is what he is....220/240, good D shortstop...
the reason our offense is #1 is because we have tough outs 1-9. They all grind out ABs and see a ton of pitches. That's essentially the definition of a tough out. Since the pitchers primary objective is to get outs with the least number of pitches possible.
The Red Sox have seen 16,381 pitches in 2013 which is the most in the MLB. We lead the closest AL team (the Tigers) by 965 pitches!
Among the top 100 players in P/PA this season the Red Sox have 8 players on that list. Mike Napoli (4.52 -1st), S Drew (4.17 -11th), D Nava (4.16 -12th), D Pedroia (4.09 -18th), J Salty (4.07 -19th), S Victorino (3.92 -47th), D Ortiz (3.76 -T65th), J Ellsbury (3.76 T65th).
Naturally, the Red Sox lead the league in Pitches Per PA with 4.04. You wear the starter down, do some damage and then attack the pen. You can't do that with 4 easy outs in your lineup as you claim we have. FYI 3 of those "easy outs" we have at the bottom of our lineup are in the top 20 in P/PA!!
I personally don't mind Drew at all....and I'm not just saying that because of last night. I didn't know that he was that high (11th) , but let's face it....Iggy is what we thought he was, a light hitting SS with a good glove. He will be down to 270/280 in no time if they keep him in the lineup, then from there who knows...230/240? Either Boggy or Midds will be the 3rd baseman pretty soon. That much is a fact...having ALL grinders IMO is good for the regular season, but in the playoffs, when the pitchers throw strikes and make you swing, you need a couple of free swingers in there that can put a crooked number on the board pretty quick. Middlebrooks can do that...I'll take him over Iggy any day of the week in the playoffs...