Re: no JBJ in the starting lineup, what does this mean?
posted at 4/9/2013 12:47 PM EDT
In response to softlaw2's comment:
Maybe he made a big difference in 1-2 games, but Nava won one game pretty much by himself,
For someone who said, over and over, to start Bradley in the minors, it must be difficult to use words like "maybe" and "Nava pretty much by himself" in jumping back on the "let's save a year of control and go with Gomes and Nava in LF".
When you use "maybe big difference" and "pretty much by himself" you are the intellectual midget that I know you are.
In 6 games, Bradley's OBP and defnese is exactly what he showed in spring training. Nothing has changed, but this Board keeps repeating his 6 day BA and ignores his OBP. There are several active roster members with sub-.200 BA who aren't slugging and who are lousy defenders.
At the end of the day, over the season, Nava and Gomes are bench guys who are terrible defensive player. The spin attempt going now is what it was this spring, the claim that demoting Bradley won't matter in the W/L column and/or that the Red Sox need to focus on what might happen a half a decade from now.
Bradley's presence is both defensive and energy and leadership. When he's sent back to the minors for bean counting and "needs a few more weeks or month or more in the minors to work on the weaknesses that caused him to be unable to handle MLB pitching in 6 games", this team will be adversely impacted in winning percentage.
Consistent with this motives behind the mishandling of Bradley will be the gifting of the starting SS job to "premium guy". There is no way that S. Drew can provide the overall skills that Iglesias provides, in the starting SS position.
It's one thing to use Nava off the bench, it's entirely another to take one HR and pretend that Gomes and Nava are the better roster answer for LF.
Red Sox managment is getting ready to break something that wasn't broken, as only the can do. That will start with the two Mickey Mouse roster moves that are coming up and which I've been denouncing since spring training.
Don't forget to revisit your prediction above. If you don't, I will. I don't see the same dark future as you if and when the kids are sent down. I enjoy seeing them play, and would like to see them be given an extended chance to prove themselves. But it's too early to know how much their play has really impacted the winning percentage. Quality pitching has had a major impact so far.