Re: The RS are really going to put Ortiz at first?
posted at 6/29/2011 12:43 PM EDT
In Response to The RS are really going to put Ortiz at first?
[QUOTE]So if either of these guys, Ortiz or Gonzalez, ends up on the DL who gets fired? If this was the WS, I get it. For a single interleague series, .. this is profoundly stupid.
Posted by heobrien[/QUOTE]
I couldn't disagree more. Nothing is risk-free, and that includes playing AGon at first base, or were you unaware that the Cardinals (and often the NL) MVP Pujols is on the DL because of an injury incurred at 1B?
The greater risk is that AGon in RF or Ortiz at 1B will look foolish, but I think both risks--injury and looking foolish--are worth it.
Forget Lee. This lineup looked lousy against the Pirates. Our one win was the result of 4 Pirate errors and 3 unearned runs. The absence of Ortiz and Crawford from the lineup, combined with having to bat pitchers in the 9th slot, has made this a very weak lineup. AGon in RF and Ortiz at 1B gets you five good hitters and just maybe some offense. And don't forget that the Phillies have the best pitching in MLB.
Besides, the next five games are the last opportunity for Francona to test AGon in RF (he's played Ortiz many times at 1B and found him acceptable) before the World Series. There is absolutely no guarantee the Sox will get that far, but you have to admit the Sox are one of the better teams in MLB this year. And, should the Sox be so fortunate as to get into the WS--with the Phillies very possibly their opponent--they will play a minimum of two games in Philly. And, if Ortiz still has an OPS of 1.000 and the RF slot hasn't been fixed (and it could well be if Reddick shows he can hit or the Sox make a deal), it would be useful to have already tried this little experiment.
Moreover, Francona only has to start the game with AGon in RF. If the Sox or the Phillies jump out to a big lead, he can move him back to 1B and Ortiz will have gotten his 1 AB. Or he could move AGon back if he looks uncomfortable out there. But I don't think he will because he's played RF in a winter league, because he is probably the smartest player on the team, and because he will not want to jeopardize a career year.