Nightly Thoughts: October 26th, 2017
Just some nonsense about the Red Sox and Wolf Pack.
- As if the World Series needed any more intrigue, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch was involved in a fight after Game 1. Nothing rallies the troops quite like getting into an altercation at the bar of the hotel you’re staying at, apparently, as Houston is an astounding 1–0 since the incident.
- Red Sox second basemen Dustin Pedroia likely won’t play until June, at the earliest. Despite a win-now mentality — it’s more of a win-now panic, actually — Boston shouldn’t look to add a significant name (Neil Walker, Brandon Drury, Zack Cosart, Brandon Phillips) to fill the void left by Pedroia’s bum knee. They have a perfectly capable in-house option in Eduardo Nunez, who slugged at a .539 clip after being acquired from San Francisco in late July and has the versatility to play anywhere in the infield. Don’t expect a duplication of the numbers he put up post-trade (.321/8/27), but he’s a career .282 hitter with some streaky pop— more than acceptable for a two-month replacement.
- Boston’s infield doesn’t have a depth issue, as many are prone to thinking. A healthy trio of Brock Holt, Josh Rutledge and Marco Hernandez should provide enough utility relief while Nunez holds the fort until Pedroia returns. Hernandez, who missed most of 2017 due to a shoulder injury, is the most intriguing of the group. It’ll be interesting to see what the 25-year-old can do over a full season, should he break spring training with the club, having hit .284 in 109 career at bats between 2016 and 2017.
- There should be some concern about the Hartford Wolf Pack’s initial attendance, averaging a mere 3,515 fans per home tilt. But when Rochester and Rockford, normally well supported franchises, find themselves in similar company, 3,562 and 3,057, respectively, perhaps the sky isn’t falling. Nevertheless, it’s not a great sign for a team that could easily find itself in Albany for 2018–2019.