Re: Iggy is once again showing us why he deserves to be starting...
posted at 6/12/2013 4:23 PM EDT
In response to tomnev's comment:
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
Here's why I disagree with the OP and with moonslav and with the entire crowd demanding that Iglesias play every day. And my position is really very simple. I agree with whatever John Farrell decides to do in concert with whatever he and Ben Cherington may have discussed.
Why would I take such a position? Because Farrell and Ben C have been hugely successful in rebuilding the Sox basically in a single season. If Farrell thinks Iglesias should play that day, then he should play. If he thinks otherwise, then he shouldn't because Farrell is in a much better position to judge his players capabilities than any of us.
Three more points.
First, Iglesias has demonstrated beyond question he deserves to play SS or 3B. His fielding has been brilliant and flawless. He is great fun to watch. His hitting, which is certain to come back to earth, has nevertheless been incredible. But it's a team game, and the manager has to find the best way to put all those pieces together. So far Farrell has been just about dead solid perfect doing that.
Second, Iglesias right now has to be a happy camper because with Ciriaco gone he is on the big club for the duration. That also means that, until a trade is made, the four infielders exclusive of 1B are Middlebrooks, Drew, Pedroia, and Iglesias, and only three can start at a time.
Third, the "Iglesias must start" crowd are completely forgetting last year when exactly the same thing happened to Middlebrooks vs. Youkilis. Youk got traded and the Sox paid his salary while Youk was playing for the White Sox and Middlebrooks and Ortiz couldn't play for Boston because they were both on the DL for the latter half of the season. By keeping his best four infielders--Drew, Iglesias, Middlebrooks, and Pedroia--Farrell has some flex if one of them gets injured. Plus there are some indications Iglesias will be more than the usual utility infielder.
My prediction, which ain't worth much, is that Drew stays as long as the Sox are in the hunt for the playoffs.
Max....on your three points.....1) I agree Farrell has done a great job, but a month ago it was Farrell and Ben who wanted Iggy In Pawtucket and Ciriaco on the team and they have changed on that for the better of the Roster. 2) I dont think the Iggy should be play posters of which I am one, think all four can play at one time and or think Drew should be traded, just that Iggy should be starting ahead of him.....it shouldnt be that Iggy is the Utility guy because he is more versatile than Drew...if he is the better starting option he should start and when you need to use Drew, you shift Iggy so Drew can play SS......3) and the injury possibility is only a factor if you trade Drew, so that has no bearing on whether Iggy should be playing rather than sitting on the bench. Drew has been much better defensively than i thought he was but Iggy is just special.....even if Drew was hitting 50 points higher than Iggy, Iggy would save more runs than Drew would create....the way it is now it is illogical not to have Iggy in the lineup.....Maybe iggy is just in a real lucky streak....alot of his hits do seem to be falling in.....but lets play that streak while we can and if Iggy cools off dramatically we can change out thinking.
Funny thing is, I have no problem with the idea that Iglesias has earned the right to play every day. I'm just saying he is now on the team for good, which should make him happy, and I am willing to trust Farrell's judgment on when and how much to start him. If the team were losing, that would be very different, but in fact they have the best record in the AL.
Iggy went back to Pawtucket because that was the plan and because early in the season it made sense to, essentially, have five infielders available excluding 1B--Drew, Pedroia, Middlebrooks, Ciriaco, and Iglesias, with the latter stashed in AAA. Sure enough, Middlebrooks went on the DL, and, because Iglesias had been so good in both ST and the early season, Farrell and Ben C took a chance and brought Iglesias back, this time to play 3B every day. It worked like a charm. Iglesias was not only terrific at 3B, his hitting stayed good, and that's why the Sox finally let Ciriaco go.
As I understand it, the arguments for continuing to start Drew at SS are: he's a lefty hitter and more likely to hit righty starters; he has committed one error in roughly a month at SS, which is pretty darn good; the Sox are winning with Drew (also with Iglesias, I'm happy to say); he's a veteran and should be (especially in the eyes of the other veterans on the team) accorded some respect; he's being paid a lot of money.
If you want defense, the smart move is to bench Middlebrooks and keep Iglesias and Drew on the field because Middlebrooks has made a bunch of errors. If you want offense, the same two get to play because they have better numbers than Middlebrooks, who has the same number of at bats as Drew but fewer runs, fewer rbi's, and 100 points lower OPS. However, Middlebrooks is also supposed to be the current and future 3B for the Sox, so you want to give him some starts.
About Iglesias saving runs. Quite frankly, I just haven't seen it. I think he is great, and so far his error rate has been incredible. But I just can't recall many, if any, games in which he even saved a run, let alone saved a run that also saved a game. Monday night we saw Pedroia save two runs with catching that pop fly and later getting the runner out on a drag bunt. Plus Saltalmacchia made a great throw to get the second out in the bottom of the 10th inning. So, please, provide me with some specifics on where Iglesias made one or more game-saving plays. There is no disagreement about how good he is, just disagreement that the team ERA would be a run lower if Iglesias started at SS, which to me is preposterous.
At the end of the day, I go back to my earlier post. I think Farrell is a better judge of who to play than you or I or moonslav. And don't forget that won-lost record. The Sox have the best record in the AL despite the sometime absence of Iglesias, especially at SS.