Ok, so yesterday's save opportunity was not Foulke's fault. Wily Mo (for the second time in his short MLB career) has bounced a ball from his glove to the stands in Fenway. In the end, it doesn't matter as the Sox won, but Foulke can't catch a break...
Anyway, with that said, let's discuss the OF. If, say, the Yankees had Sheffield and Damon go down with injuries, they'd be in BIG trouble. But the Sox are, actually, not going to suffer too much from Crisp and Nixon being out for a little while.
Now, Stern is not Crisp, but Youk was money in the leadoff spot yesterday, so Stern hitting down near the bottom of the order isn't bad...Plus, he can hit. Also, he is solid defensively, and has a pretty good arm. This won't kill us, and it isn't like we are losing a lot of power from the lineup.
Wily Mo scares me, and he can't go to the minors to learn how to play. This move was a huge gamble with a huge possible upside, but this is a wasted roster spot that they can't clear for the entire year if they have to...I am sure after a year or so of working with Ortiz and Manny and working out in Fenway's strange outfield that he'll improve, but this is going to be tough to watch this year.
Dustin Mohr was solid in spring training. He's a pretty good fielder with some pop. If they move Tek to the five-hole, and maybe put Mohr ahead of Lowell in the lineup, they should be ok. Plus, this was a "tweak" without pain. They just want Trot to rest it up a little. 5 days or so...
So, my lineup...