Re: What does Francona see that 99% of the population doesn't?
posted at 9/12/2011 2:28 PM EDT
In Response to Re: What does Francona see that 99% of the population doesn't?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: What does Francona see that 99% of the population doesn't? : This is my point about Reddick and his importance to Sox. I don't think he is a clutch hitter by any stretch of the imagination, nor is he a run-producer guy. He is Kevin Romine and Reid Nichols, that's what he is and that's not saying a lot on a team that seems to be completely relying on 3 or 4 guys to do all the offensive work--Pedroia, AGON, Ortiz and Youkilis.
Posted by dannycater[/QUOTE]
Reddick's greatest asset his his ability to play RF in Fenway and give us quality at bats from the 7th, 8th or 9th spot while platooning with D-Mac...He's on the roster becasue of the injury to Drew and his ability to cover the expanse that is RF in Fenway...
Our issue right now is pitching, and our hitting with runner in scoring position might be a tad better if the guy we currently have hitting clean-up (Pedrioa) could square up a ball and find some grass...
End of the day our offense hasn't been an issue all year, nor has it been awful in September either, even with the lack of production we're getting from both our corner ofer's...The reality is that our pitching has hit a wall and the injuries haven't helped...If we are to hold off the Ray's and make a push to keep the Yanks within striking distance, we're going to have to do a little better than our current a 6.61 team ERA in September which is oh by the way 14th out of 14 AL Teams...We've scored 54 runs in September, 1 more than the Yankees have but we've allowed 73
to thier 47....Meanwhile the Ray's have scored 50 while allowing only 35...
It ain't rocket science here guys...and we can make Francona the scapegoat, and beat up a kid like Reddick and we can lamment what Epstein coulda shoulda, done. But the reality is that yesterday our best (Lester) got his azz whopped! in a must win game, while the Rays got a big game out of Shields...One guy stepped up the other didn't! http://espn.go.com/mlb/standings?month=september