Monday, June 27, 2011
Why Josh Reddick Should Be Starting
The Red Sox basically have two weaknesses. One of them is catcher, which is actually improving as Jarrod Saltalamacchia heats up at the plate. The other is right field, which has been a fairly unstable position ever since Trot Nixon left in 2006. J.D. Drew has been fairly consistent over the years, but this year he has just been bad, going .232/4/18 in 62 games this year. He is still a good fielder in the tough right field of Fenway Park but defense is not enough. Unfortunately his immediate replacements have not been much better, with Darnell McDonald getting outmatched at the plate by his cousin James (pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates) and Mike Cameron not doing much better at .154/3/9 in 32 games and 91 at bats. In my opinion, the answer is from the farm system, Josh Reddick. Reddick has been up and down from Boston and Pawtucket since 2009, and has never really found his niche. However, this year, some improved features have him batting at a remarkable .414/1/9 in 12 games. Please vote on my poll on the right sidebar and tell me if you agree with me.