Re: Sick of it.
posted at 5/28/2014 10:25 AM EDT
In response to S5's comment:
But I think it's also pretty undeniable that one of the reasons the Red Sox won the WS was SS defense, just as it's one of the reasons the Tigers fell out.
Having the right to do something doesn't make it the right thing to do.
Rare when we disagree, but in this case it has to be. Yes, Drew's defense helped in the postseason, but the Tigers had the dream defensive SS in Iglesias.
Two key reasons for the postseason success: incredibly good pitching, especially the bullpen and especially Lackey's brilliant start against Verlander, which the Sox won 1-0, I think on a Napoli dinger; and lousy but very, very timely hitting, the grandslam by Ortiz in game 2 of the ALCS being the primary example. Drew's defense, while very good, was well down on my list for reasons why we won the WS.
Like the OP, I like Bogaerts right where he is. On a team that has not hit well and now has significant issues with the rotation, spending $10M on a defensive SS doesn't make much sense to me. I like Drew's lefty bat, but guess what? When he takes over at SS and Bogaerts moves to 3B, Holt, who so far has hit well from the left side, goes to the utility slot. So it is now likely that Cherington's big move--the only one so far anyway--will result in a lineup that hits worser not better.
I will however grant the possibility--only that--that Drew's glove will help the rotation right itself. Maybe all the lousy starts recently are the result of the rotation being terrified the opposition will hit a grounder to SS, so all those hits and walks and even dingers are the result of "grounder to weak SS avoidance."