Re: For Sale: Ellsbury and Drew
posted at 6/3/2013 11:59 AM EDT
In response to S5's comment:
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
You don't put up a BABIP over .500 with a sub 12 % line drive rate and over a 60% ground ball rate unless all prett much every hit is a weak hit.
I like iggy, I've advocated for him to start in here for over a year. I think you need to play him every day, let him bleed and let him adjust. But there is a difference in approach at the plate and results that diminishes after time. Unless Iglesias starts hitting the ball hard his numbers WILL come down.
He has a "good average" but his approach is horrible, he does not walk and he has no power. If you want to make the case for Iggy starting it starts and ends with his defense.
I'd even go a littel farther than that. I'd say that no matter what he does his numbers are going to come down. That is, unless you think he's going to be a .400+ hitter.
Sooner or later he's going to come back to earth and when he does he's going to have a 2-19 streak. When that happens the naysayers are going to be saying, "See! See!! I TOLD you he couldn't hit!", when what is actually happening is that he's coming down to where he should be.
It reminds me of the streaks Napoli and Papi were on at the beginning of the season. They're now approaching where they can be expected to be. Baseball is a game of streaks. Right now Iggy is on a hot streak. Ride out the inevitable cold streak until his numbers stabilize and see where he is then.
I agree. I think Iglesias is becoming a better hitter. I think he will be a much better hitter at the end of the season, yet his numbers will be lower.
But I would NOT call this a hot streak. If he starts hitting like he did last night, then yes that is a hot streak. He put a CHARGE into that ball. But every other hit were weak hits, infield hits, ground ball hits, balls that dropped.
When I think of a player on a hot streak I think of Dustin Pedrioa hitting EVERYTHING as a line drive. When you are hot you are putting a charge into the ball, you are squaring up with it, and you are driving it. With the exception of last night Iggy has NOT!!!! been putting a charge into the ball.
I've said this before, countless times and I will say it again and again and again. I will support the case for Iglesias but as of right now it still BEGINS and ENDS with his defense.