Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Red Sox Need To 'Make Hay' Early Before DH-Free Games Cause Problems

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has seen fit to to continue the ridiculous bifurcation of fundamental baseball rules in the American and National Leagues. Thus, the Red Sox will have no DH in Games 3,4,5 of this year's World Series. So, manager Alex Cora needs to figure out a way to rotate his four "outfielders" (Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, Jr., J.D. Martinez) in and out of those games. No matter how you look at it, it's a penalty on every American League entrant in the World Series. Every year, the National League entrant gets the bonus of the DH in the American League city—and for a deep team like LA, "finding" a DH on their roster is no problem at all. This suggests that Boston needs to "make hay while the DH shines"—and win both Games One and Two at Fenway Park tonight and tomorrow. Any experimentation needed at Chavez Ravine (such as putting Mookie at 2B or benching JBJ/Benny) will be less risky if Boston is already up two-games-to-none and eyeing the comfort of Games Six and Seven back at Fenway. This could all be avoided, of course, by forcing the National League to enter the 21st century and adopt the DH.