Re: The success of Carp
posted at 6/10/2013 8:12 AM EDT
In response to MadMc44's comment:
In response to dgalehouse's comment:
This thread has kind of drifted, like many seem to do. As for Carp, he has probably exceeded expectations. I think his role should be expanded , at least until he tapers off. Would not mind seeing him play some first base against righhanders. Give Napoli , who has been striking out more and more , a breather. That would allow us to play an outfield of Ellsbury , Victorino and Nava against righties. I was not a big fan of Carp , but he has changed my mind with his production.
Stabbed by Foulke.
DG-------That is a great idea for the lineup. Have Butter work with Carp to improve his footwork around first and see if it doesn't help Nap batting primarily against lefty's. Won't go over well with Nap but we probably lose him next year anyway. We don't have a strong 1 B in the system and unless the Sox choose to resign Nap or keep Carp if he continues to produce we have a 1 B for the next few years at a modest price.
I like the comparison with Ortiz--a guy unwanted by Minn. Carp unwanted by the M's.
Lineup next season:
JBJ, Pedroia, Nava, Ortiz, WMB, Carp, Vic, Salty, Iggy
Bench: Vazquez, Holt, Hazelbaker
Starters: Buch, Lester, RDLR, Webster, Ranaudo.
Pen: Bailey, Ue, Dempster, Miller, Breslow, Morales, Taz, Aceves
I wouldn't get too far ahead of yourselves. While Carp has looked great, the sample size is tiny.
Also, when we signed Papi, he had already hit 58 HRs in just 1477 ABs with MN. He was mostly a platoon player there, but it wasn't a huge shock after he hit 18 HRS in just 303 ABs with MN his last season with them to jump to 30+ Hrs after a short time with Boston playing FT.
Mike Carp had 18 HRs spread over 4 seasons with Seattle (630 ABs), but he did play in a super large park. (He had 8 HRs in 246 ABs at Safeco, which actaully projects to about 20 over a 162 game season.) He had an .853 OPS in AAA (1393 PAs), an .810 OPS in AA (978 PAs), and an .845 OPS in A+ ball (588 PAs).
I'm being cautiously optimistic with Carp, but he certainly is showing he belongs in Boston.