Thursday, January 20, 2011

Scutaro Is Shortstop After All

After saying last week that he would give Jed Lowrie a chance at starting shortstop, Theo Epstein has confirmed that Marco Scutaro (right) will after all be the Opening Day shortstop. I enjoyed watching Scutaro play in 2010, and he was probably the most consistent player on the Sox going .275/11/56 in 150 games. Despite battling an injury for the second straight year, he was good enough with the Sox to be better than Derek Jeter in both batting average and home runs. Theo Epstein did not say that Jed Lowrie wouldn't take over the job after a little while. In fact, if Lowrie had played twice as many games in the same way he would have been better than Scutaro by a lot. I think Scutaro has earned the starting job, but Lowrie could win after a few months.

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