Re: Survey: If you were manager, would you have played Bogaerts over Drew tonight?
posted at 9/12/2013 2:55 PM EDT
moonslav has it about right for the postseason. 9 regulars--Ells, Vic, Ped, Papi, Nap, Nava, Salty, Drew, MBR. 5 benchers: Gomes, Carp, Bogaerts, Berry, and Ross. 4 starters: Buch, Lester, Peavy, and Lackey. 7 relievers: Uehara, Breslow, Tazawa and 4 more among Dempster, Doubront, Morales, Workman, and whoever.
Why those? Bogaerts for his bat, plus he can play SS or 3B (which would allow Middlebrooks to go to 2B in a pinch). Berry for his base running, which we know can make a difference. Ross is easily the best choice for backup catcher--Lavarnway is the better hitter, but ain't ready defensively. The problem with Bradley is his hitting--we have already seen Gomes and Carp do far better, especially in clutch situations. If Ellsbury is out, then Bradley just might one of the 5. The four starters are unarguable barring injury. As for the 7 relievers, those are anyone's guess after the first three. Right now I lean toward Dempster, Morales, Workman, and Doubront, which gives Farrell four righties and three lefties. Dempster and Doubront make me nervous because relieving is different, but both of them should be able to provide a good inning or two if needed.