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Lillian
04-19-2010, 07:42 AM
Could the biggest problem with this offense be the absence of a potent left handed bat? The need for a left handed hitter has been discussed at length, especially during the process of putting the roster together.

Now that the season has started so poorly for the Sox, and considering that the offense is struggling so badly, it may be time to revisit the issue.
There are several reasons why the lack of a left handed presence in the batting order may be a very significant problem. The following is a reminder of some of the advantages of having a left handed hitting presence in the lineup:

1) Opposing pitchers are more easily able to get comfortable pitching to so many batters who hit from the same side of the plate.

2) If most hitters are indeed better facing pitchers who throw from the opposite side that they hit, then left handed hitters have the advantage because most pitchers are right handed.

3) The hit and run is more easily executed with a left handed hitter at the plate. His natural swing takes the ball to the right side of the field, therefore he doesn't need to go the opposite way.

4) Left handed hitters are closer to first base, and are headed in that direction with the natural follow through of their swing.

5) Since most catchers throw right handed, a left handed hitter creates an obstacle for catchers trying to throw out base runners attempting to steal second.

6) Psychologically, opposing right handed pitchers feel more comfortable facing right handed hitters. They feel that they are better able to intimidate them.

7) Opposing managers do not have to burn through their bullpens switching back and forth between righties and lefties as they attempt to match up opposing lineups in the late innings.

The Twins are as heavily weighted toward left handed hitters as the Sox are toward right handed hitters. Their superior results are obviously due to a lot more than which side of the plate from which they hit, but having too many lefties in the lineup doesn't seem to disadvantage them in the least.

These are just a few factors, but maybe this team does indeed need at least one potent left handed bat in the lineup.
This problem will not be easily solved in that there is no player in the entire organization with the potential to fill the left handed hitting void, any time soon.

russ99
04-19-2010, 08:15 AM
Ironic post - this is exactly why Ozzie's put Kotsay in the 5 and 3 spot, to break up the lineup.

But Mark just hasn't produced at all and needs to sit.

Lillian
04-19-2010, 08:37 AM
Ironic post - this is exactly why Ozzie's put Kotsay in the 5 and 3 spot, to break up the lineup.

But Mark just hasn't produced at all and needs to sit.

Yes, you're right, but Kotsay was never a viable option to fill the void created by the absence of a "potent" left handed hitter.
Practically every good offense has at least one dangerous left handed bat. Most of us agree that Mark is not a solution.

peelwonder
04-19-2010, 09:13 AM
Ironic post - this is exactly why Ozzie's put Kotsay in the 5 and 3 spot, to break up the lineup.

But Mark just hasn't produced at all and needs to sit.


I blame Ozzie. Not that Thome is the be all end all but it was Ozzie who said no to re-signing Thome.

Kotsay was and never should have been considered a regular starter. It's Ozzie's stubborness that has gotten us to where we are at.

psyclonis
04-19-2010, 09:24 AM
This is why some people wanted Damon for DH, but KW didn't have the funds/approval from Ozzie.
Yeah hes not a power bat but he wouldn't have cost any prospects...

Acquiring Pierre seems like KWs biggest mistake so far as it handcuffed the Sox both financially and offensively. (especially seeing how well Jones is playing) :(:

HebrewHammer
04-19-2010, 09:27 AM
:anderson:
"Well, if it's a left-handed bat you're looking for..."

Lillian
04-19-2010, 09:46 AM
What about Ruiz? I don't think he has signed yet.

http://cubanballplayers.blogspot.com/2009/10/jose-julio-ruiz-is-my-third-best.html

jabrch
04-19-2010, 10:33 AM
This is why some people wanted Damon for DH, but KW didn't have the funds/approval from Ozzie.
Yeah hes not a power bat but he wouldn't have cost any prospects...

Acquiring Pierre seems like KWs biggest mistake so far as it handcuffed the Sox both financially and offensively. (especially seeing how well Jones is playing) :(:

That's ridiculous.

mzh
04-19-2010, 11:27 AM
Acquiring Pierre seems like KWs biggest mistake so far as it handcuffed the Sox both financially and offensively. (especially seeing how well Jones is playing) :(:
Yeah, getting a decent and consistent leadoff hitter is much worse than not actually having a proven RBI guy when this team has a problem with, guess what, scoring runs.

Frontman
04-19-2010, 11:38 AM
Yeah, getting a decent and consistent leadoff hitter is much worse than not actually having a proven RBI guy when this team has a problem with, guess what, scoring runs.

But if you look at the team over 3 years; 2008-09 seasons had the lack of a lead-off hitter.

No team is going to have everything it needs; but the Sox traded one problem for the other.

russ99
04-19-2010, 11:44 AM
That's ridiculous.

Yeah. Pierre's $3M hit this season really kept us from signing anyone.

And for those out there that assume we could have kept Pods and gotten Damon, do the math:

Pods - $2-2.5M
Damon - $8M

Doesn't work out no matter how you slice it.

And Thome's hitting .227 with 2 homers and 7K's... Would he really made any difference?

soxfanatlanta
04-19-2010, 11:59 AM
And Thome's hitting .227 with 2 homers and 7K's... Would he really made any difference?

Thank you for that moment of sanity.

Nellie_Fox
04-19-2010, 12:34 PM
:anderson:
"Well, if it's a left-handed bat you're looking for..."Huh? :scratch:

doublem23
04-19-2010, 02:38 PM
Its not a lefty/righty thing. Its a good hitter/bad hitter thing.