Re: Will the sox move Gonzo to left or right field to get Ortiz's bat in the 9 road games with NL teams?
posted at 6/20/2011 1:02 PM EDT
Offensively, there's hardly a dropoff between A-Gon and Ortiz this year so far.
A-Gon: 24 2B, 3 3B, 15 HR, 64 RBI, .348 BA, .403 OBP, .607 SLG, 1.010 OPS
Ortiz: 19 2B, 1 3B, 17 HR, 46 RBI, .320 BA, .399 OBP, .602 SLG, 1.000 OPS
So while you don't want to sit A-Gon, it's not a ludicrous notion to want to have Ortiz play too. The big difference is defense at 1B, but Ortiz has never embarrassed himself at 1B. He doesn't have a lot of range, but he does a good job fielding stuff hit to him and scooping throws. He's actually has been surprisingly good at scooping low throws. And I still remember that play in the World Series when he charged a ball and threw out a runner at 3B.
There are three three-game series. Unless the pitching matchup isn't good, I say you start him the middle game each series. Give him three or four at-bats. Use A-Gon to PH for someone late then put him in at 1B for the last two innings. If the game is a blowout, heck, just give A-Gon the day off. If all three games are blowouts, that still will give A-Gon 159 games played this year. It might do him good in the long run.
In the other six games, you let Ortiz PH. That will give Ortiz about 15 AB give or take in those nine games.
If this was the last two years, then fine, it's no issue. You PH Ortiz. But Ortiz has earned the starts.