Writing about the Red Sox struggles is only going to succeed in making me very angry. So I will not delve into their present situation right now other than saying this: The Major League Baseball Season is a marathon, not a sprint.
What brings me to my laptop tonight is something I thought of over the weekend as I was down in Texas for the Celtics-Spurs game and then the second game of the Red Sox-Rangers series. I started writing back in 2007 with Brick on a blog called “McKeon and The Mongoose.” A lot of what I wrote on there centered around lunch time arguments I had with fellow staff members at a summer camp I worked at for quite a few summers. One argument that went on for all 8 weeks was a “Who’d you rather have” type thing. After this weekend I figured I’d rehash the discussion and get back to what got me into writing in the first place.
Who would you rather have? Ian Kinsler or Dustin Pedroia?
After watching Ian Kinsler flat-out rake against the Sox opening weekend, I remembered how much of a stud Kinsler actually is. He led off 2 of the three games with bombs and at least had the common decency to wait until his second at bat in the third game of the season to hit number 3.
He has the ability to be a .300, 30 home run, 30 stolen base, 100 RBI guy. He plays a solid second base, never making more than 20 errors in a season. He is 28 years old and is entering his prime. According to Baseball Reference, Kinsler’s 162 game average is .281, 25 home runs, 84 runs batted in, 28 stolen bases, and 115 runs.
But that is the problem. Kinsler hasn’t come close to putting together a full season. The most games he has played was his 144 in 2009. Other than that he hasn’t played more than 130 in a season. Kinsler has a knack for getting injured every season.
While Pedroia did miss most of last season with an injury only playing 75 games, it seemed like a freak injury. Other than that, anyone who doubts his talent can just take a look at his trophy case. Rookie of the year, MVP, Glod Glove, Silver Slugger, and a World Series ring in three and a half seasons in the majors. In using the same 162 game average I did with Kinsler, Pedroia has a .304 batting average, 16 home runs, 73 runs batted in, 16 stolen bases, and 110 runs.
In summing up my argument, let’s not forget that Ian Kinsler went to Arizona State as a freshman but transferred his sophomore year. Kinsler and Pedroia battled for the shortstop position, a battle won by Pedroia. Kinsler was moved to second base and then ultimately transferred to the University of Missouri.
Call me a homer, but until Ian Kinsler can put a full season together I am sticking with The Laser Show, Dustin Pedroia.
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