Re: Iglesias to Start for Game 6
posted at 10/19/2013 3:24 PM EDT
In response to royf19's comment:
In response to BostonTrollSpanker's comment:
First you can blame the Peavy trade on Bucholz. If Buch had been healthy, they woudln't have traded iggy. But it's true that the Sox place a higher value on offensive production at shortstop.
As for this: "What is quite clear is the way nearly all overlook how talented his eyes and hands coordination is."
Sure. But - he was still the pop fly to end the game and I could see that happening again tonight.
Absent from your post is any sense of excitement that the Sox are one game away from the World Series. Grinding your axe about Iggy is more important to you.
Buchholz's injury might have been a blessing. You have to look at the big picture, not just how Iggy and Peavy have done.
First, in the short term, the Sox were stronger after the trade offensively. In August and September after the trade, Middlebrooks was a stronger option at 3B offensively than Iggy, and Drew was stronger at SS.
I don't have the number handy, but both Middlebrooks and Drew hit significantly better than Iggy. Even if the trade wasn't made, Iggy should have been nothing more than a UT the final two months. So in the short term, the Sox traded a UT player for a quality starting pitcher.
Then look at the domino affect having Peavy. I liked Workman but there's not guarantee he would have continued to pitch strong. Having Peavy, gave the Sox a veteran pitcher and in eight of his 10 starts he pitched good to great. He had two bad starts.
And Peavy averaged just about 6.5 innings per start, which is decent in today's game. So he usually didn't strain the bullpen. Workman was up and down in the pen, but it did give the Sox another warm body to use.
And when Buchholz came back, Peavy was there to allow the Sox to skip Dempster once then Doubront once after they both hit a wall. Remember, the BIG problem in 2011 was no starting pitching after Beckett and Lester once Buchholz got hurt.
Had the trade not been made and Workman started to get hit, the bullpen would have been taxed and that would have been compounded by having no one you could trust to skip Dempster and Doubront. Don't underestimate the value of the depth a veteran like Peavy gave the Sox.
In the short term, this trade was a no-brainer. As for long term, we'll see what Iggy becomes.
This one line is getting misunderstood by a lot of people. Iggy may not be a UI on every team, but in Boston thats what he was going to be with Middy and Bogey. And no, they arent going to take 2 young players and start playing musical positions with them, putting them in positions they are not nearly as good at making them uncomfortable. Doing things like that at the MLB level can affect a young player on the offensive side as well. Middy already has had his offensive issues, throwing him at 1b is not going to help him. Same with Bogey.