Re: Two Holes in our Line-Up
posted at 10/8/2011 11:02 PM EDT
In Response to Two Holes in our Line-Up
[QUOTE]SS: The sox have not had a real SS since Nomar left in '03. We came close with Cabrera but Theo thought Edgar would be the answer...we know how that turned. AlexG had the glove but not the bat until he left for greener pastures. Now we have Scutaro, another pretend SS. He is servicable but simply average defensively with little range, same for Lowrie, much too big and cumbersome for the position. Cal Ripken he is not. Now, some of you want to go outside the organization and sign a guy like Reyes. My fear is that we end up with another Renteria. We have a proven defensive wizard name Jose Iglesias. Sure, he is light-hitting, but so was Pedrioa in the beginning. If it were my decision, I'd begin 2012 with Iggy as our starting shortstop. The only way he is going to learn to hit big-league pitching is to play everyday. Even he f he doesn't hit well the first year, the runs saved on defense would make up for the offensive shortfall. I would pick up Scutaro's option for utility and trade Lowrie, he needs a chance to be an everyday player somewhere else. C: This is a sore subject for me because letting Vmart
go was the biggest mistake the RS could have made going into 2011. Many believe he was a liability behind the plate but after seeing Salty fumble his way through the year, Victor handles the position with much more precision, and his offense makes up for any perceived liability
. Since all that is moot, there is Jason. Harness, Moonie and others pine for the day when V-tek was in his prime, and I think their reason for discounting Vmart was because he replaced Tek, their hero
. It was much the same as I felt about Beltre replacing Lowell. Tek did ok in his limited playing time but we all know he cannot play at 40 like he did at 32. I think a 40 y/o I-rod is a better option. Salty is not a good or even a fair catcher. He is clumsy with little or no agility. He can hit for power, but strikes out far too often. His CWPs and PBs are unacceptable. Why Theo saw something in him that Texas or Atlanta did not remains a mystery to me. I would roll the dice again and start Lavarnway behind the plate in 2012, trading away Salty and keeping Tek as a back-up or signing another Veteran, perhaps the older Molina or I-rod. Another option is a younger Yadier Molina. He is 29 and a FA in 2012. Bringing Shoppach back to Boston may be another option. Either way the "C" postion needs adressing. My two cents for two holes.
Posted by Alibiike[/QUOTE]
This is where UR wrong, Ike. Nothing VMART can realistically hit as catcher can compensate for what he costs a pitching staff.
The data is factual and revealed over 10 years.
That's why he wasn't retained.
That's why he's now a DH.
As for Tek, it has bothering to do with 'hero' status. Nothing at all.
Perception isn't always reality.
Tek gets much more out of his pitchers. That's why the team played .667 ball this year with him catching.
Again, the trend (.600 ball w/Tek as opposed to .500 w/o Tek) has been going on for over a decade.
The RedSox catchers in 2011 hit 29 homers and 96 rbi's.
Papi did the same as a DH.
Salty should only improve over time. That's the hope, anyway.
Why watch him do it for another team?