Friday, March 20, 2009
2009 RED SOX PREVIEW: SECOND BASE
The Red Sox have the reigning AL MVP at second base. Since the end of April 2007, he's hit .329 and been one of the best and most consistent producers on the team. We all know the awards. Rookie of the Year, MVP, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove. He's the perfect #2 hitter (if only we had a perfect leadoff hitter).
He did suffer an abdominal injury, but word from Fort Myers is that he'll only miss a few games. Thank God, because the backup situation is pretty grim. There's Nick Green and Ivan Ochoa. Green hit .233 for AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre last year and hasn't been in the Majors since '07 when he appeared in 6 games for the Mariners. Ochoa also lacks MLB experience, but at least he has some decent offensive numbers in AAA.
If Pedroia goes down for an extended period, the offense becomes more hole-filled than an Iraqi submarine.