Re: The 4.5 game lead
posted at 7/27/2013 7:07 AM EDT
Fear is usually a great equalizer. There is no fear for opposing pitchers after Ortiz, Nap protects Ortiz-there is no one to protect Nap. Our starting pitching has been decent--occasional breakdown but for the most part pretty good.
The Pen started great then injuries. I think we found a couple of people--Britton and Beato. Those are good finds--there are more.
My suggestion--because I don't feel as comfortable facing the Rays and the M's, allbeit at home, as some people do because they both have pitching and they can hit. If JF insists on staying with the same starting lineup--when Lackey and Lester pitch have Ortiz DH for Drew or Iggy and let Lester and Lackey hit. I'm serious the two pitchers are more of a power threat than the two position players.
More serious note and this will require more willingness to make internal moves: bench both Iggy and Drew and their great gloves in favor of WMB and Bogaerts. Insert WMB behind Nap, then Carp in LF and Bogaerts at SS followed by Lava for a few games.
Lineup: Ells, Vic, Ped, Ortiz, Nap, WMB, Carp, Xman, Lava--a threat is watching someone else's back. Lava may be the closest thing to a sure out. Salty needs a break--maybe even a visit to the DL.
If that change doesn't help call in other reinforcements. You've got other players downthrough Lowell, keep looking until you compile the best 25.