In a little over a week, we’ve seen the Sox slip from first place into second place. We’ve also seen them drop series to the Padres and Pirates. With Carl Crawford on the DL we’ve also witnessed how bad their situation in the outfield really is.
With Crawford out, Mike Cameron and his $7.75 million dollar salary has translated into an oh so impressive .149 batting average. That translates out roughly to a hit every third night. Not at bat, night. So in essence you have a guy who’s an automatic out every time up to the plate.
Thing is Cameron is better than Darnell McDonald. McDonald has a whopping three hits in his last 28 at bats. He’s hitting an even worse than Cameron, .122. Yet with Crawford on the DL he’s getting some regular playing time.
So those are your left fielders but they’re also seeing time in right field when they face lefties. You know where I’m heading with this…
Drew has the best average if the three at .232. That’s up from the .225 he was hovering at in the middle of the month. Still awful and at $14 million a year he’s clearly the most expensive of the three.
Despite all the ineffectiveness by all three players, Theo has already indicated that the team isn’t going to make a big move as the trading deadline approaches. He made his big deals in the off-season.
So just to make sure I understand this correctly. You have a black hole in right field, a hopefully not as black in left when Crawford comes back, but you’re not going to do anything to address it?
I’m sure there are guys available that are hitting better than .232, possibly in their last year of a contract, that could be had for a low level minor leaguer. You’re not going to have to mortgage the farm to pick up a guy.
What about John Lackey? Are you going to let him continue to go out there and take a giant dump on the mound? Apparently. What other choice do you have? You’re locked into this mistake for $15.95 million this season and you’re on the hook for three more years after this. You’re stuck with him till 2014.
My bottom line on this whole thing is that they should make a move. You have a giant hole in right field and you’re fifth starter is a joke. Time to address these issues while you still can.