Re: What is the best kind of swing for Fenway?
posted at 4/23/2013 9:01 PM EDT
In response to softlaw2's comment:
Good post. Let me attempt to articulate what Peter Ham is too lazy to do.
A great swing for Fenway is a player who can drive the ball long distances, compared to his peers, to both left , center and right field. Manny used to be perfit for it, and Ortiz used to be perfect for it. For that type of swing speed and swing skill and talent dynamic, it produces a bunch of doubles the opposite way, and a bunch of homers to the pull side.
Today, Justin Upton and AGon are good examples. Middlebrooks has the potential, Ellsbury does not. Lowrie does not. S. Drew does not. Napoli is a pull hitter who, if pitched on the outside edge, is strike out city.
If you have a combo like Manny and Ortiz used to be, or Tex and A-Roid used to be, the best pitching won't be able to get through them 4 times more than a few rare times, without multiple RBI's being produced.
Individual Starting pitchers every 5 days is overrated, particularly in a venue like Fenway Park, it is the depth and overall quality of the entire pen and starters that makes for a good pitching staff.
J. Upton and Agon would have been an outstanding combination for the Red Sox, for many years.
For now, my hope is that Middlebrooks matures into an all fields power and pop season long "few-peers" priflie. If not, the Red Sox have zero chance to be title contenders if they slip into the playoffs and win their first playoff game in a half a decade and nearly a billion dollars of labor costs spent to get that first playoff win in a long time.
Your first comment described a great hitter for any park. Pretty much a bunch of what you said is true. However you always screw up your own good comments by being negative and including your personal hatred list every time.
btw saying Agon and Upton like you did says you still wanted them here. FYI if they were the current parts would all be different and maybe a not as good team.