Re: I'm Fine if Cherington Takes Off for the Rest of the Offseason
posted at 12/16/2013 2:24 PM EST
In response to royf19's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
The one thing that helps is that he struggled when he first got to Triple A then was great the next go-around. He carried that momentum up to Boston. Then in his first go-round in Boston to start the season, he struggled, but when he came back, he showed a lot of improvement and now seems to have the right attitude.
Then, why was he benched for a guy playing out of position in the playoffs (Bogey)?
Losing your job 2 times in one season is reason enough to be a little less than cautiously optimistic.
C'mon moon. He was very good the last two months of the season. So to phrase it "losing your job two times" is in my opinion is way overblown. It's not like he had a bad month. He basically had bad week. Remember, he did enough to stay in the lineup against Tampa Bay -- .231 with a .375 OBP and a key RBI as I recall. Then he went 0-for-2 then 1-for-3 with the key double ainst Detroit. So up to that point, while he wasn't lighting it up, he wasn't killing you either.
Then he had a bad four games -- FOUR GAMES -- after that. He was in a slump -- it happens. (Ortiz in the ALCS except for the grand slam, Drew throughout the playoffs). The playoffs aren't exactly a time to let a player work their way out of a slump if you don't have to. I
Middlebrooks wasn't a key veteran like Ortiz or Napoli and didn't bring the stellar defense at a key position like Drew or intangibles. He still was a player who could be replaced in the playoffs if there was another option, and fortunately for Boston and unfortunatley for him, the Sox had a decent option.
Bogaerts did the job when give the chance so you ride the hot hand because it's the playoffs.
It's not unreasonable to seperate the playoffs from the regular season.
But I'm not ignoring it either. That's why I said I'm cautiosly optimistic. He was very good the last two months but yes, he wasn't great in the postseason. But baseball is filled with stars who have great years then tank in the playoffs.
Bogey had hardly played 3B at all, yet he was forced to play there out of management's reluctance to play Middy.
If Middy had truly played great to end the 2013 season, he'd have been the starter through the playoffs. He was not. He did not.
Middy's .231 BA in the Rays series was about middle of the pack, yet he was the one benched not others. He had a .375 OBP vs the Rays.
Look, I'm not arguing about being cautiously optimistic. I am confident that Middy will have a decent year. I'm just hoping wwe have a capable back-up, just in case.
I have more confidence in Bogey and maybe about the same for JBJ's 2014 as Middy's 2014. Out of the 3, one will probably struggle.