Trot vs. Wily Mo
Reading through some recent posts, it is inevitable that a Trot-Wily Mo controversy is going to develop about the second Coco comes off the disabled list.
But I’m pretty sure this debate will only take place in the media and on the streets, and not in manager Terry Francona’s office.
Personally, I think the combination of Pena and Trot is much more effective than asking either guy to be the everyday right fielder. Trot still hits with authority against right-handed pitching and I’m sure his power is going to increase as the weather warms up. Trot is also a very good right fielder, particularly in the vast playing territory at Fenway.
I’m not saying that Pena should only play against left-handed pitchers. By all means, give him a start every week or two in center, let him play a game in left every now and again, and Manny can DH with David playing first. DH Wily Mo against the tougher lefties in the league and give David an occasional day off. I believe that Francona will be creative enough to get Pena 3 to 4 starts a week. It can be done, i think it will be done.
Nixon has been a class act and a sometimes overlooked performer throughout his time in Boston. This might be the last year for Trot in Boston, so let’s enjoy Trot and all he brings. Wily Mo will probably have right field all to himself next year, at which point he will have had a full year of absorbing lessons from Manny and David.
What does everyone else think about this? Does it make sense? By the end of the year, I’d look for Trot to have about 500 at-bats, with Wily Mo getting somewhere between 350 and 400. With those at-bats, I think the Red Sox will get some of the best RF production in baseball.
Give me your thoughts.