Re: Francona again
posted at 8/14/2011 11:39 AM EDT
This won't make Francona lovers happy, but, last night's game[and many other games,actually most games] are a prime example of Terry's lack of good managerial sense.
Again he is not the greaest manager in Sox history, but being in the right spot and having great player's will make just about anyone a canaditate for the title of Best Manager Ever.
Last night knowing Felix Hernandez would be on the mound, the Sox would not have Youkilis available, He chose to play Scurato instead of Lowrie[a left hand bat against the right hander], now I know it will be pointed out that Scurato had a triple[a ball that should have caught], again chose to catch Veritek, it seems Francona must get Tek in every other day, I thought Salty was the regular, but it seems we are using Salty every other day, [just have to play Tek]
Jed vs Scutty:
1) Lowrie could have played 3B for Aviles, so it was not just about Lowrie vs Scutty.
2) Lowrie does not hit Felix well. He was 1 for 9 before last night (.222 OPS).
3) Aviles was 5 for 11 (1.000 OPS) vs Felix.
4) Scutaro was 8 for 31 (.636 OPS) vs Felix
5) Lowrie's splits vs RHPs are horrible: career .638/2011: .569. Scutaro is always about even vs RHPs and LHPs and in the low .700's in OPS. Aviles is a career .704 vs RHPs..
VTek vs Salty:
1) VTek always catches Beckett. Beckett has a long history of doing way better with VTek than anyone else on the Sox. Way way way better.
2) VTek did hit one hard shot with men on base, but it was caught (2B).
Francona seems to treat his lineups like this is Little League baseball, as he seems to think, but these everyone must play so much a week
I'm just glad you didn't make out the line-up. I mean how funny would it be when you turn in the line-up card with Veritek's name spelled wrong?Aviles and Scutaro went 3 for 6 and Jed was 0 for 1. Look, I have some big issues with Tito, but this is ridiculous. .
What is wrong with playing Lowrie and Salty most days? They are the two better player's at SS AND CATCHER
Lowrie was playing more until he got hurt. Lowrie was slumping badly before he went on the DL. Scutaro has been super hot:
last 21 games: BA .329
last 9 games: BA .355
As bad as Scutaro is at fielding SS, Lowrie is worse.
Salty does play more than Varitek. Practically no catcher these days catches over 80% of the games. Tito uses VTek with Beckett. It works.
As bad as VTek looks throwing to 2B, he is a better overall catcher on the defensive side of the equation. Salty might be a better DH (or hitter vs RHPs only) than VTek, but he is not a better "catcher".
Look Francona is a great guy and a stablizing force on the Sox, but is not a good field manager. Today will have to suffer thru another game of trying to get Wakefield his 200th win and again it will not be pretty.
How is winning 6 of his last 7 starts with 5 of his last 6 starts letting up 3 or less ERs "suffering"?.
So go ahead Francona lover's and pink hat's and tell again about Francona's great maganerial abilities.
I'm no "pink hatter", but I'm no "brown hatter" either. I have serious issues with Tito, but this Monday morning QB'ing is getting absurd. There is no way Lowrie should have started, and if he did, it would have been for Aviles at 3B and not Scutty at SS. You might not believe in a catcher's influence over how a pitcher pitches, but Beckett does extremely better with VTek than Salty as well as with Cash or VMart
VTek 3.67 (.670 OPS against)
Salty 4.50 (.878)
VMart 5.48 (.862)
Cash 6.97 (.947)
Kottaras 10.32 (1.059)
Now, if you want to argue about why Crawford plays vs LHPs, I'll be right with you.