posted at 5/9/2013 8:06 AM EDT
OP is out of line. Webster got shelled, but night before last Buchholz, clearly the ace and so far one of the best starters in the AL, almost got shelled. He ended up giving up 4 runs in 6 innings, but could easily have given up 5 or 6 in the first inning. Stuff happens.
Webster might be tipping his pitches. Plus right now umpires in general tend to be giving the benefit of the doubt to the hitters. Remember the furor on that called third strike in Tampa after which the ump himself said he made a bad call? Last night Webster gave up 4 runs in the first, but the Sox came back with 5 in the bottom of the first and might have scored more if Drew hadn't tried for second on the single. The ump was helping the hitters with his calls.
Softlaw, as I myself have done, is spinning things based on very small samples. He wants us to believe Iglesias is the man based on this year's ten games in Boston and not a ton of evidence saying he still needs work on his hitting. At the same time he insisted that Drew is worthless and cited his slow start. Now Drew's hitting is coming around an his defense, while not as brilliant as Iglesias, is above average.
The FO has paid Iglesias $10M already, more than they have paid Drew, and I think it's a decent bet they will get more value out of the $9.5M for Drew this year than the $10M for Iglesias. But the $10M for Iglesias shows how much they value Iglesias and why they gave Drew a one year contract, which most of us see as prudent.
And guess who agrees with softlaw on Iglesias being misused? Bill-806 and, fanfare please, Iglesias himself, who Manny-like, has decided he doesn't need to run out grounders, etc. Is Boras his agent?