Re: Ross out, Linares in!
posted at 5/3/2012 9:12 AM EDT
The Sox have put some butchers in LF over the last few years:
Hermida, Bay, Nava,... and Ross fits right in.
Will Ross help the team facing LHP playing RF in Fenway? Look at Reddick looking awful out there last night.
Now is the time for youth and defense to have a shot, Theo went with the gloves in 2004:
I don't think Ross has a ggod enough bat against LHP to compensate for his awful fielding even in LF, nevermind RF or CF. The same for DMac in CF and RF.
If Linares is a slightly above average RF as advertised, he will have to better than Ross even if he hits a bit less.
LF defense is highly over-rated, especially when half your games are in Fenway. The Sox have used this philosophy effectively in the past: Rice, Greenwell, Manny, Bay...
I have been unpleasantly surprised by just how poorly Ross has fielded thus far, but I do not feel his poor fielding in LF outweighs his potent bat vs LHPs. Now, vs RHPs might be another story. His play in RF might be another story as well, particularly in Fenway.
tom, you know I have been all for giving Linares a look, but sitting Ross right now as our offense struggles, is not what I'd like to see.