Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lowrie Or Scutaro?

For the first time since mid-June, Jed Lowrie (right) is off the DL and is playing baseball for the Boston Red Sox. This arouses the question, who is the starting shortstop, Jed Lowrie or Marco Scutaro? Lowrie started the season on a torrid streak, as he and Dustin Pedroia were the only ones doing anything in April. However, he then fell into a mind-numbing slump, and the two extremes have evened out to a .266/3/25 season for Lowrie. However, despite being solid to good in the past, he has been a very bad fielder this season, making 11 errors in 57 games, and 9 in 45 games at shortstop; this averages out to an error every 5 games. This is unacceptable, especially given that last year he made 5 errors in 59 games.
Marco Scutaro, to me, has been a very solid shortstop in his 2 years with the Red Sox. After going .275/11/56 and being a rock with his versatility, as he spent much of the year leading off due to Jacoby Ellsbury's injuries. This year has been more of the same for Scutaro as he is batting .280/5/25, and has been especially hot of late, batting .433 in his last 10 games. He has been considerably better at fielding than Lowrie, making 8 errors in 72 games. What I would say is that Scutaro should be starting for now. If he cools off or goes in a slump and Lowrie is hitting better, then they should start Lowrie. Please vote on my poll about this "pressing matter." Also, if you have something to say about this, you are welcome to comment and I will reply.

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