Re: So BEN, opportunity knocks at a few positions, just waiting decisions........
posted at 4/24/2013 10:52 AM EDT
I'm still trying to figure out how team speed has been reduced since Papi has been back. Even if he's walking around the bases, he's faster than anyone who's not on base. Bradley was on base nine times in 12 games. Ortiz has already been on base eight times in three games. I compared those two players since Bill likes to do that, but he needs to read lesson four below.
And after reading all of bill's posts, I've decided that bill isn't trying to cause trouble. He just doesn't know baseball. So I'm here to help and educate.
Even the best sluggers won't hit home runs EVERY game. There was nothing wrong with Ortiz's power in recent years yet in the past three years he started the season by needing eight game or 12 games to hit his first home run. And in between, he hit one home run in his first two games then did not hit his third until a month later. So panicking after just three games that Ortiz hasn't hit a home run is simply a waste of time.
Ortiz has six hits. Two are doubles. Doubles aren't singles. When Ortiz hits a single, he stops at first. When he can run to second on a hit, that's called a double. Bill seems to like to make sweeping decisions on small samples. If we were to do that with Ortiz, if he plays in 130 games, he'd be on a pace for 90 doubles and 90 RBIs. The 90 doubles aren't going to happen, but illustrating something is the best way to learn. But as you can see, if 1/3 of your hits are doubles -- that's a good thing.
Just because a player is a top prospect, it doesn't mean he's ready. Buchholz hurled a no-hitter in his second start but it still took another couple of years for him to finally settle in as a consistent pitcher. In 2008, he got the shot to be starter at the start of the year and after a good start, he struggled and had to go back to the minors before finally getting things worked out. So while Webster looked good and very well might help later in the season, it's not a bad thing to give him a bit more seasoning in the minors considering the Sox have a proven veteran coming back Sunday (probably). Getting more experience in the minors isn't a bad thing. And I fully expect him to be back up some time this year.
LESSON 4 FOR BILL (AND THIS ONE IS VERY IMPORTANT):
Ortiz isn't costing Bradley a roster spot. If Bradley started the season by hitting .450 and producing like he was in spring training, it was very possible Bradley would have stayed. Nava or Carp would have been the odd man out. Ortiz doesn't play LF. Bradley isn't a DH. Those two can very well be on the same team together. Good teams often have a combination of speed and power. If you're really a baseball fan like you claim, you should be rooting for Bradley to be back as soon as he can AND for Ortiz to be hitting at the top of his game. That will truly make the Sox an exciting team.
I can understand wanting a young, exciting player with Bradley's potential over Ortiz. Really, I can understand it. But are you advocating having Nava or Carp over Ortiz?
(After a slow start, Bradley is now 6-for-15, so if he can keep it up, he'll be back sooner, rather than later. Personally, I can't wait to have Bradley and Ortiz in the lineup together.)
Players are in their roles for a reason. There were many posters who wanted Aceves in the rotation. As we've seen, Aceves has excelled as a long reliever but didn't cut it as a closer and is mediocre at best and maybe not even that as starter. As a long reliever, I can live with him there. When Morales or Breslow is ready, I have no problems if Aceves is the odd man out. In fact, I'm leaing for him or Miller to be the odd man out. But he has been good as a long reliever.
OK, I don't want to overwhelm you so I'll stop here for the day.