Re: sox need one more move
posted at 12/19/2013 9:23 PM EST
In response to notin's comment:
In response to S5's comment:
In response to HailToTheKing's comment:
I think the least of pur worries is the pitching staff. To me it's still, who is going to replace Ellsburys production at the plate AS A LEAD OFF HITTER and who is going to replace his speed on how he disprupts the pitchers a lot when on base? He was also very good in CF. Yes he had a horrible arm but he got to balls and made catches that NOBODY on this team right now can do. Vic is a GREAT fielder but think back to when he was in cdnter....he missed a bunch of balls that Ells would have gotten to.
More importantly though....it's the lead off hitter. Wh replaces him? Pedey is perfect in the 2 or 3 hole as is Vic. Nava? ehhhh......he's a platoon player right now. I think people are really underestimating the iportance Ellsbury had on this lineup.
I couldn't agree more with this post. ^^^
But the fact is that the Ellsbury ship has sailed and we need to find an option. I have no problem with the defensive side of JBJ - I'm even willing to concede that the Sox may be a bit better on that side of the ball - but to "trade" a leadoff hitter for a #9 hitter is a HUGE drop.
In all fairness, that drop IS more obvious because we lost one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball. Had we lost an average leadoff hitter I wouldn't be as concerned. IMHO the key to the Sox offense may be Middlebrooks' ability to protect Napoli. If he can do that Naps will have even more good pitches to hit and that may make up for the loss of Ellsbury's production.
It's going to be a different offensive team without Ellsbury's speed but that doesn't mean there won't be different ways to generate runs.
So do you think the Sox should go after Shin-Soo Choo?
Not at all, not for the kind of money Choo is expecting to get. As I said, IMO JBJ will give us more on defense than Ellsbury did and that's a plus. A plus on defense means we don't have to score as many runs. I just don't think the defensive plus will offset the offensive minus of not having Ellsbury in the lineup - but it's a start.
My point was that while the loss of Ellsbury will be felt it's not the end of the world. We've gotten accustomed to having that speed at the top of the lineup but there are other ways to score runs. We just now have to go to those 'other ways'.