Tito in a catch-22
It was the third game of the season, a day game after a night game, and manager Terry Francona was asked if he had thought about giving Jason Varitek his first start of the season.
Francona’s answer that day was, “We’re trying to get Salty going a little bit here.”
More than three weeks later, Saltalamacchia hasn’t been able to get into a rhythm and now Varitek is starting between two to three of every five games.
Sure, the Red Sox want Jarrod Saltalamacchia to gain some confidence. But thanks to a 2-10 start, they spend tonight at last in the position to get back to .500.
So Francona finds himself balancing the short term vs. the long term. Right now, Varitek seems to be a better short term answer. Coincidence or not, the club is 6-2 when he catches and 4-9 with Saltalamacchia.
Will Saltalamacchia be able to get his confidence back enough so that he can play more regularly?
The story is still evolving, and one of the more interesting ones to watch. Varitek also hasn’t been able to get anything going offensively, but there’s no doubt that he has done a strong job handling the pitching staff.