19 May 2009
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported recently that the Red Sox inquired about Cleveland’s Victor Martinez. Talks never progressed.
If the rumor is true, it means the Red Sox either don’t like George Kottaras or are really worried about David Ortiz. My guess is they are/were worried about Ortiz. No matter what the Front Office’s thinking, the Red Sox line-up struggled badly on their recent 6-game road trip. They scored 3.8 runs per game putting up: .235/.322/.376 We know that David Ortiz struggled, Kevin Youkilis wasn’t available and Dustin Pedroia missed 2 games.
This combination of events really exposed the Red Sox line-up. Jeff Bailey struggled (.143/.280/.286), Rocco Baldelli struggled (.077/.143/.077), Mike Lowell struggled (.167/.200/.208), Jason Bay struggled despite 2 home runs (.167/.259/.458). What that Red Sox lack right now is depth. With Ortiz an unknown, if any of the other regulars goes down, the Red Sox don’t have much to fall back on.
I expect Ortiz back in the line-up tonight and this home stand will probably spell his last opportunity to salvage his starter status. If he is unable to get things going, I expect we’ll see a trade.
A few thoughts on the Red Sox. Jacoby Ellsbury, despite hitting .300, is still refusing to work the count (3.77 pitches per plate appearance, team average 3.89). His 8 walks and .330 OBP suggests to me he is best suited for 9th in the order. He has a home run swing, but isn’t a home run hitter. He refuses to take pitches or slap the ball the other way. It drives me nuts. He either needs to start setting the table, or he’ll be the one doing the dishes (I have no idea what that means).
I have grown to hate watching the following Red Sox pitchers pitch: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Josh Beckett and Jonathan Papelbon. With men on, they are slow, ever so slow and it makes the whole thing unpleasant. You three, please think of me and what my preferences are.