Crowd in the outfield
Now that J.D. Drew is “available”, the Red Sox have themselves a certified logjam in the outfield.
I think it will be interesting what Terry Francona will do. My guess is that he will mix and match. But in the playoffs, I’d think they’d want a fairly steady lineup.
Obviously Bay is going to play left every day. But where to go after that? Should Coco Crisp be the primary center fielder based on how he has swung the bat of late? Could he do the opposite of what Jacoby Ellsbury did to him last year?
Ellsbury has played wonderful defense all season and is a true spark when he is getting on base, but that just hasn’t happened with any regularity. After two at-bats tonight, he has four hits in his last 24 at-bats.
Meanwhile, Coco is in the midst of what is easily his best hot streak — with the exception of Spring Training 2006 — since joining the team. He has an 11-game hitting streak, during which he’s hit .512. I his last 17 games, he’s hitting .483.
In right field, things also will be interesting. Sure, Drew is the better player. But exactly how healthy is he? Mark Kotsay has been an intense performer who has fit right into the situation here.
I think the outfield will be among the top stories to watch for this team down the stretch.
I’d like to hear everyone’s thoughts on how the playing time should be divvied up and what you guys and gals would do if you were the manager?