Wednesday, August 25, 2004
I wanted to write about the pluses and minuses of Tampa’s willingness to promote 20 year-old top prospects to the Show, but I thought better of it. About three readers would have found it interesting and new El Guapo’s Ghost readers would likely not return. Maybe I could write a guest post for a D-Rays site, although I am not sure any have made it out into the blog-o-sphere so back to the Sox.
Big Poppi is 2 for his last 21, but it should be somewhat expected with 11 appearances against southpaws. Mo Light is horrible against LHP. This season, in 155 at-bats, Ortiz is hitting 239/309/413 and from 2001 to 2003, he is 213/265/413. With that being said, he still should not be strictly platooned. A day off against a tough lefty is okay. Burks would have been a nice option at DH and still could be one when rosters expand. Ortiz can learn to hit southpaws and given the Sox investment in Big Poppi, it is advantageous for the club to have Ortiz in the lineup.
Big Poppi likely has gotten less than 550 at-bats versus southpaws in his MLB career. Ortiz needs time to learn and adjust to battling lefties. This only comes through experience. Mo Light’s knowledge of the strikezone and ability to go the other way off the Wall makes him a good candidate to improve on his numbers over the next couple of seasons.
Tito should continue to pencil Ortiz into the lineup against all comers because the Sox do not have better alternatives, and plus the experience will help down the road.