Monday, April 7, 2014

Loss Of Middlebrooks And Victorino Taking Toll

Poor 'Nava'-Gation
Will Middlebrooks and Shane Victorino are disproportionately important to the success of the 2014 Sox. Middlebrooks was just starting to heat up as another right-handed power bat in the order (beyond Mike Napoli, PRONOUNCED: Na-POLE-ee). Victorino's right-field defense is essential (especially in Fenway) and he is also someone who can jump-start the top of the line-up. Missing both is a serious problem. Daniel Nava's misplays in right and his lack of lead-off prowess is clearly hurting, and now—without Middlebrooks—there is far less punch in the line-up. The result? Getting swept by a mediocre Brew Crew.