Kind of hard to follow/write about sports after the events of the last week about a half hour away from this address. My heart goes out to all the victims of the Marathon tragedy, as well as the families of the victims and anyone else that it may have had an effect on. I think all of us (at least locally) have been affected in some small way (emphasis on “small”, as it is a fraction of what the actual victims and their families have gone through). But hopefully people can get back to living normal lives now that these suspects have been captured/killed, whatever normal means nowadays. Anyway, the above is kind of deep for me, and probably not very well “spoken”, so I guess I should get back to the task at hand.
What follows is the remaining projections for the Sox season. Way late, I know. But note that these are guys who were not in the Opening Day lineup. So technically these aren’t all “bench” guys, but they are people who started out there, one way or the other.
*Bogaerts–Looking at a “cup of coffee” in September. May not get it because of 40-man roster space, but here’s hoping he does, whether it is successful or not.
*Carp–Thought he may play more, but has played sparingly so far. Thought he would get some games in at 1B while Napoli DH’s and get some at-bats late as a defensive replacement. Not so much. But he still could. Long season. And Nava should cool off, as he always does.
*Ciriaco–Playing time really depends on Drew’s health. Will see some time at 3B, but not much at 2B, unless Pedroia gets hurt. Comes down to SS. But any long-term injury will probably bring Iglesias back. Most likely won’t have the success that he enjoyed when he blasted on the scene last year.
*Drew–Rough start for him so far in Boston. But a horrendous signing regardless on whether he heats up or not. Did we really need to spend 9.5 mil on him? Couldn’t get him for 3.5? I know it’s not my money, but there wasn’t a cheaper stopgap for this “bridge” year until Iglesias/Bogaerts came up for good? I could have lived with Ciriaco/Holt until then. He’ll get every chance in the world though. And I expect him to get hurt again…runs in the family.
*Holt–May have been a little aggressive with the 34 games, but expect him to get some time during the year. Probably mostly in September though.
*Kalish–Think I was way aggressive here on games and at-bats as well. It wouldn’t surprise me if he missed the entire year. Talent is supposedly there, but we may never see it. Just hasn’t been able to stay on the field.
*Lavarnway–Salty may be in play at the trade deadline, so he could come up and catch with Ross after that. Hope he finds that power again this year. Realistically may be looking at 2014 for a real shot at the everyday catching job.
*Nava–Great story, no doubt. Always seems to start out hot and this year is no exception. Expect him to cool down. Expect them to try to get Gomes more at-bats to “get him going” at some point too. So his PT will probably wane a little bit. But an easy guy to root for.
*Ortiz–Still think he can get the job done, but the question remains how long his heel will hold up. I see him getting many days of rest to try to keep that thing healthy. But I also see another DL stint in his future, sad to say. I’m ok with the contract however. ’Roids or no ‘roids, he did a lot more for this franchise than some of the stiffs that were paid much more money than him over the years. This contract is kind of like a “parting gift”. Who cares? The Sox have the money. But I still wouldn’t have given anything to Drew.
*Ross–Probably will get more AB’s than your normal backup. Should be ok. Counted on more for his defense, but should hit a few bombs and not be horrid at the plate. What else can you ask for from your backup catcher?
*Sutton–Just have a gut feeling we will see this guy again. Not a bad 25th guy if it comes down to it. Though I’d rather go younger, especially if you have to open up a 40-man roster spot somehow.