Re: The Red Sox First Mistake of 2011
- From: "Dano" <janeanddano@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 08:26:12 -0500
"Wayback1918" <wayback1918@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:c21e9b02-a3d5-4822-a516-a323e1176539@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
On Feb 3, 8:42 am, "Dano" <janeandd...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:"Wayback1918" <wayback1...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> On Feb 3, 6:14 am, Gary <golfera...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Thu, 3 Feb 2011 00:52:34 -0800 (PST), Wayback1918
>> <wayback1...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> >Terry Francona's response to the question "Will David Oritz start >> >this
>> >year against LHP?"
>> >"For David to be successful -- and I see his numbers against lefties,
>> >believe me, I do -- you can't just sit him because I don't know if
>> >he'd have as much success against righties. I know we believe that,"
>> >said Francona. "I think there are times where it'll do him good to
>> >maybe give him a break against somebody he struggles with. That >> >wasn't
>> >necessarily the case [last] April. He was struggling against
>> >everybody, and we were struggling to win."
>> >Ortiz vs LHP 2010
>> >BA .222 OBP .275 SLG.324 OPS .599
>> >There are much better options....Cameron, McDonald, >> >Lowrie......Hoover.
>> It's not a big deal or a mistake on Feb3, 2011. I don't think anyone
>> should expect a straight platoon at DH. And why say anything but what
>> he said at this point in time?-
> It is a very big deal.
> In 2010 between Drew and Ortiz the Red Sox had 372 plate appearances
> vs LHP with an .607 OPS. That is essentially taking Casey Kotchman
> and putting him in the middle of the lineup for 60% of the season.
> They could offset some of the problem last year because Martinez
> (Major League leading 1.173 OPS vs LHP)and Beltre (7th in the AL with
> a .935 OPS vs LHP) were outstanding. These guys are gone...and have
> both been replaced with LHB. Gonzalez does handle lefties very well
> but Crawford not so much. Also last year the wasn't much Francona
> could do about in 2010. Hermida was first off the bench at the
> beginning of the year then the injuries made platooning difficult.
> This year the team does have options.
> We have seen in the past how Ortiz handles this type of situation. To
> not get it out of the way right at the start is a mistake.
I'm not sure it's quite correct to call Tito out for this before the fact.
There will be other factors to consider when the time comes. I think this
is more about taking an upbeat, positive approach for Papi's psyche. You
apparently think it's wise to make him less confidant by making a
declaration like this NOW...publicly. What exactly is to be gained by THAT?
If the move becomes necessary, I hope he makes it. If he doesn't, I'll be
right their with you and the rest of The Nation bitching him out. His job
is to get the most out of his players. I really think that's a big part of
the reason for his success. If David continues to fail against
lefties...especially if the team is going poorly...I think he will explore
all options. The same thing goes for Drew BTW. But it will also depend on
who is available to take their place also.
I just think pre-season (OFF season) is not the time for him to do this. I
want a happy, productive and confidant Ortiz in that line up myself. Turn
him off...fill him with self doubt...you might as well flush that 12 million
and cut him.- Hide quoted text -
- Show quoted text -
The pre-season is the exact time to make the move so there isn't a
repeat of last year's scene in Toronto.
I think someone has spring fever. It's definitely silly season.
Of course I never even hinted that Francona should publicly embarrass
his player. A non-committal evasive response was what was warranted.
What purpose exactly would be served by such a thing? You just completely contradicted your last paragraph.
- Prev by Date: Re: Federal Appellate Court Judge rule Obamacare legal
- Next by Date: Re: The Red Sox First Mistake of 2011
- Previous by thread: Re: The Red Sox First Mistake of 2011
- Next by thread: Re: The Red Sox First Mistake of 2011