Saturday, January 15, 2011
Lowrie To Give Scutaro Run For His Money?
Throughout this offseason, Theo Epstein and other Red Sox officials have said that Marco Scutaro will be the starting shortstop in 2011, opposed to all the fans saying it should be Jed Lowrie (right). However, last night, Theo Epstein said that the starting shortstop role depends on Jed Lowrie's Spring Training. Jed Lowrie had a monster 55 games last year, due to injuries, going .287/9/24, while Marco Scutaro went .275/11/56 in 150 games. If Lowrie had played half as many games as Scutaro, he would probably have a higher batting average and at least as many home runs. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate Scutaro as much as anyone, I think he performed admirably in 2010, but Lowrie did well too. I think Epstein is doing the right thing in at least giving Lowrie a shot, because he is a very good shortstop and he may just win.