Re: Who wants an argument....
posted at 6/14/2013 3:29 PM EDT
In response to antibody's comment:
In response to Ergoetal's comment:
And this from today's Blog:
"Steven Drew had a sac fly. But he is 4 of his last 30 with 14 strikeouts. He's down to .218. Farrell professed his faith in Drew before the game. But that faith is being tested."
Why exactly do we need to show "faith" in Drew? He's a one-year stopgap solution to a problem that the front office thought existed, that is, Iggy not being ready for prime time.
Now it's apparent that Iggy might be ready to hit in the majors, so shouldn't this be about showing faith in Iggy rather than Drew? Iggy is the guy who can bring the team real value for years to come. So how does sitting Iggy help with anything?
Why do we need to bolster Drew's confidence? Why do we need to risk Iggy's own self confidence, and his future, by doing so?
For that matter, what is the RS' problem with shortstops? We let Gonzalez go, saying he couldn't hit, and then he hit just fine. We overpaid for the likes of Renteria and Lugo because they supposedly could hit, but then they couldn't field. Now we're overpaying for mediocrity in the form of Drew.
Now we've got a guy in Iggy who might just be able to do both, very well. Does he embarrass the front office? Because, don't forget, the front office strongly implied (especially by hiring Drew) that Iggy would never be a major league hitter. Now it seems as though he might.
And yet we're not concerned about his development. Let him ride the bench while we try to sooth Drew's ego.
The thing is, I think Drew is here for the season. Might be able to move him before the deadline but I doubt it. Probably wouldn't get much. Given that, management being management, they can't or won't admit mistakes, so the team seems to be stuck. There is no need for anyone to sit, though. Middlebrooks still has options and should go to AAA to work on things while Iggy, for now, plays third. In the meantime they both get work and with any luck Drew gets hot, they move him at the deadline for a couple of prospects or a RH bat, then bring a rejuvenated Middy back up, and move Iggy to short and all is happy in RS land. Sound good?
Perchance to dream.
I think this is why they are playing Drew. I also think Middy came back too early. You can talk about his power all you want, but if he cant make simple solid contact then what good is it. I admit, its hard to watch Drew right now, but hes a streaky hitter and will get going again. Hes done it every year. When he gets hot again, they might look to trade him. Middy is the one to be concerend about. Even though Drew isnt hitting right now, hes been playing solid defense all season. Middy isnt even doing that.