Re: Lineup / Roster Things I Hope We Don't See but Probably will in the coming weeks
posted at 8/12/2013 4:29 PM EDT
In response to soxnewmex's comment:
CS% is a tiny fraction of what a catcher brings to his role behind the plate.
Yeah, he'll probably play 3 or 4.
Lol, Lava worse defensively than Salty? When Salty is catching, it's green light on the basepaths time for the opposition.
Unfortunately, Lava will be sent back to the minors. He does fine behind the plate, keeps baserunners honest, and gets timely hits and doesn't strike out as much as Salty. Ross is quite good defensively, however, and has some power, though he hasn't hit for average at all thus far.
Lava is way worse than Salty behind the plate right now.
Lava is way worse than Salty on offense vs RHPs.
It comes down to Lava's offense vs LHPs vs Ross' and their skillset behind the plate.
My choice is clear: Ross vs LHPs and Salty vs RHPs and Lava in AAA.
Next year, Salty may be gone. Then we can debate which 2 make the big club: Ross, Lava or Vazquez?
I'd start Papi at 1B 4 of the 6 games, hopefully if we face lefties (.735 OPS vs LHPs this year), and pinch hit him when possible the other 2 games. The Dodgers have several lefty starters: Kershaw, Ryu, and Capuano: the Giants have 2: Bumgarner and Zito.