posted at 7/7/2013 11:34 PM EDT
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
Dgalehouse is indeed trying to have fun because there is nothing he relishes more than the Sox losing and opportunities to say, "I told you these guys were bums."
I am merely defending Napoli, not because I am unaware of his K's, but because he has been and is a part of a lineup that has scored the most runs in MLB, and Napoli has the second most rbi's, 55, on the team. Moreover, Farrell continues to bat him fifth, and I'm inclined to think Farrell knows what he is doing. dgalehouse appears to think Farrell does not know what he is doing.
If you watch this game, you will notice that, while Lackey is pitching a pretty good game, he does love his fastball and is not afraid to put it over the middle of the plate, which is how those two dingers were hit. Weaver, on the other hand, doesn't much like his 87 mph fastball and throws it off the plate, but throws plenty of sliders, changeups, and curve balls over the plate, which has allowed him to keep the Sox batters very much off guard. Napoli ain't the only guy striking out. Ortiz did so with men on first and third and one man out. Carp has done so twice despite the lefty vs. righty advantage.
I say all of the above because I think it is wrong to single out Napoli in a game in which the all-star has looked at least as bad if not worse than Napoli. Pedroi, the other all-star, is also hitless in three at bats. In fact, everyone is looking bad because Weaver is a smart pitcher with pretty good control and an assortment of off speed pitches.
Hate me if you will Max, I am just telling it like it is. Napoli does not have the bat speed to catch up with a good fastball. When he tries to cheat, he is vulnerable to the curveball. It is only getting worse as the season progresses. Like you , I expected better. Unlike you , I can see the reality. Having him bat fifth is a mistake. Max, why attack me for stating the obvious ? My opinion of you has dropped quite a bit for that reason. Can't you defend your position without insulting your fellow Sox fan?