posted at 5/7/2014 10:11 AM EDT
In response to donrd4's comment:
In response to Bill-806's comment:
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
You know, hitting statistics based on whether you are facing a righty or lefty pitcher, day or night game, home or away, men on base or not, etc, etc.
For the Sox regulars, some interesting splits: Ortiz is way better against, believe it or not, lefties than righties; similarly, Napoli is better against righties; Pedroia, Victorino, Middlebrooks, and Sizemore do equally well; Bogaerts is a ton better against lefties and Bradley better, but not a ton, against righties; Pierzynski is hugely, hugely better against righties; Gomes as expected is better against lefties (also better than Sizemore against lefties).
So tonight Cincy is starting a righty and Farrell has just four lefties in the lineup: Ortiz, Sizemore, Pierzynski, and Bradley. The other five are Pedroia, Victorino, Napoli, Bogaerts, and Middlebrooks.
[/QUOTE]The hitter just needs to "hit the ball where it is pitched" !!!! Nothing has changed in that respect !!
The only two players I trust with runners in scoring position are Peddy and Ortiz..... And I don't care what kind of stats they have.....Pitchers have a field day with rest of weak hitting Sox. And Naps should try contact lens or something. You walk Ortiz to get to your power guy hitting 4th. DUH !!!!
I tend to agree but might throw Shane into the mix or even Grady by years end. With that said they have all been inconsistent so far but have a proven past. It's tough when you need to rely on Middy, JBJ and Bogy at this point to help out. Out of those three Middy should be held most accountable because I feel he has had enough playing time to judge his true skill level and/or improvement over his rookie season. Throw in guys like Gomes, Carp and Nava just weakens our defense/overall depth when they even struggle offensively.