Re: AGon in RF--again
posted at 6/28/2011 12:55 PM EDT
In Response to AGon in RF--again
[QUOTE]First, I have to say Francona gives every indication of wanting to avoid doing this. If AGon plays in right and gets hurt, the season could be over. That said, the Pirates series underscores just how weak the Sox hitting is
on the road in NL parks, at least right now. Bad enough the Sox lost the first two games, but the third game was almost as bad. The Sox won because of 4 Pirates errors and 3 unearned runs. That's five weak-hitting games in a row including the last two at Fenway against the Padres. And the Phillies pitching is much better than the Pirates'. Putting AGon in RF and Ortiz at 1B solves the problem of who bats 5th. It also replaces the worst hitting slot, RF, with a very good hitter, Ortiz. Maybe not tonight, however, because Lee is a lefty and is pitching great this month. Better, I guess, to go with Cameron and McDonald.
Posted by maxbialystock[/QUOTE]
I wouldn't overreact with the "how weak the Sox hitting is in the NL. The Sox had nine hits in each of the two losses. They batted about .266 in those two games, which is only a few points below their season average. They just couldn't get the clutch hit. They went through the same thing with a full lineup at the beginning of the year. It happens. And the Sox were without Crawford.
Of course they had just six hits in the win (.188 BA) and their team BA for the three games was around .240, but they still outhit the Pirates for the series.
There's no doubt that not having Ortiz makes the lineup weaker and that sooner or later, something has to be done about RF. I'm still mixed about the A-Gon to right scenario.