Red Sox have given thought to David Ross over Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but no move for now
|10.26.13 at 5:19 pm ET|
ST. LOUIS — Red Sox manager John Farrell said that the team had given some thought to starting David Ross over Jarrod Saltalamacchia at catcher. Ross is 4-for-13 with a pair of doubles this postseason, good for a .308/.357/.462 line, while Saltalamacchia is hitting .207/.258/.241 with 17 strikeouts in 31 plate appearances. Moreover, Ross’ work behind the plate has been strong, and his familiarity with the Cardinals lineup (based on his years of experience in the NL) exceeds that of Saltalamacchia.
Still, for now, Farrell said the decision was made to stick with Saltalamacchia — though he noted that given what’s at stake, change was a possibility.
“Yes, that’s been thought of,” Farrell said of starting Ross over Saltalamacchia in starts beyond just those when Jon Lester is on the mound. “Yet out of consistency with what we’ve done with Salty, I outlined some things before each of the last series, this one included. Staying consistent with that. But, we also know we’ve got five games remaining in this year, and if there needs to be a change or if there’s a view that a change should be made, you know what? All things will be considered.”
Given that Mike Napoli is out of the lineup in the NL park, where there is no DH, Farrell was asked if the need for Saltalamacchia’s thump played into the decision.
“It is and we need to get Salty going,” said Farrell. “David Ross has swung the bat pretty darn good. But yeah, we need to get a couple guys going on our offense.”
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