Re: Time to Change Lead-Off Hitter
posted at 9/2/2014 9:22 AM EDT
In response to GoUconn13's comment:
In response to MadMc44's comment:
So the square peg going into a round hole---just doesn't work.
Betts and JBJ similar players in CF. JF has pretty much kept Betts in CF not much time in LF or RF. No opportunities in the Inf. Betts will be here or JBJ will be here or Castillo will play CF.
With that kind of confidence I would say Betts has a higher ceiling and will be traded unless the Sox got the best possible return for Pedroia and made a Mankins deal that shocked the baseball world.
I want to see how Betts responds to batting 1st in the lineup..he has been a leadoff guy at least at AA and AAA and has been extremely successful. He makes things happen. For a 21 year old to have that kind of confidence shows the potential leadership skills you want and that we've seen in Pedroia.
First of all, there is tear and wear on Holt due he is playing his full first season as a major league player as well he is batting lead off. That is alot of pressure on him. By playing next year again as another full major league season will give him more confidence as a lead off hitter if Boston decided to keep him.
Cant just move players around base on one week for any player. Boston need as many players who can stay at one position at the same time to be able to play full season. Yes Bett is looking good as a CF. No one saw it coming. But he is still a young kid and Boston can afford putting him back at AAA for another season until someone get hurt like Victorino or Pedy. I rather to keep him than Bradley!!!
Beg your pardon (no-one saw it coming?), I did. And further, I think Holt will do even better when he's down there about 6 or 7. He'll be a little more aggressive early in the count, especially with men on base. Castillo will change the equation when he gets there in the middle of the month with only a couple of weeks to go.
Betts, eventually, will be a No. 3 hitter. No one on this team has his "eye" at the plate. Doesn't mean he won't guess now and then, and flail away at a good splitter in the dirt, (usually for strike 3) but overall, he has relatively few hard, check, swings, I can see (this all depends on Castillo), a Castillo, Pedroia, Betts, Ortiz, Espedes, Holt, Napoli, Middlebrooks, Vazquez lineup sometime before the end of the year.