Re: What's with the Sox hitting?
posted at 4/11/2014 2:32 PM EDT
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
The simple answer is: probably nothing or it's too early to tell.
But a discussion board cannot thrive without controversy, so herewith some contrarian views--
1. No Ellsbury. Boras was right, he is an franchise player and has already energized the Yankees offense. He's so good he's already batting 3d.
2. It's all on Nava. Last year was a false positive because the guy really can't hit.
3. Sox need Victorino and Middlebrooks back in the lineup ASAP. Both are righthanded hitters with adequate to good power to tatto the green monster.
4. It's all on Cherington for not turning over the keys to the farm system in return for Stanton (or Upton or Trout or whoever).
5. Pierzynski is a bigger problem than we thought. He not only won't take pitches, his attitude as infected the team chemistry with some kind of Polish poison.
6. Ding, ding, ding, ding! That means not enough dingers. Yea, verily, somewhere it is written you can't score without hitting home runs.
7. No speed. See Nava again, but also Ortiz, Pierzynski, Napoli, Carp, Gomes, Ross, etc. Yankees, now with Ellsbury, have speed to burn.
8. One small qualifier on items 1 and 7 above: the Yankees offense is in fact just as bad as ours. In 10 games they have scored 37 runs to our 36.
In the interest of discussion:
1. Ellsbury is a dynamic leadoff hitter, but he’s not irreplaceable. In the long run, the Sox will be OK. And he’s batting third out of necessity, not by design. And with the short porch in RF, he’ll likely hit about 15 or so homers, which is fine for a No. 3 hitter, especially if he’s hitting doubles and has a good average and OBP.
2. Nava might not be what he was last year, but I don’t think he’s as bad as he is right now. The truth is in the middle. Having said that, I’m all for a Sizemore-Bradley-Victorino OF.
3. Agree. I still believe Middlebrooks with end up with excellent numbers and be a key part of the order. And Victorino just needs to be solid like last year.
4. Disagree. While he might be a good bat to have in the middle of the order, I think the cost might not be worth it in the long run.
5. Can’t see where hit attitude as affected anything. The Sox knew he was a free-swinger, and the Sox that’s not a bad thing to have with one or two players in the order. He doesn’t have any XBH yet but he is batting .321.
6. Home runs are often down in April. So after 10 games, it’s hardly an issue to worry about yet.
7. All those players you mentioned were on the team last year, except for A.J., and Salty was hardly a burner. Yes, the Sox lost Ellsbury. But Bradley and Sizemore run well, and if they’re in with Victorino when he comes back, the lineup will have enough speed. No lineup is fast one through nine. You need a balance of speed and power, which the Sox should have when healthy.
8. Beyond that, it’s just 10 games.
It’s too early to worry about anything. If the Sox scuffle along and finish .500 in April, that will be fine. Look at last year. After a great April, the Sox were 15-15 in May. In all those 95-plus win seasons under Francona, the Sox always had one month around .500. So one .500 month won’t kill you.