There is very little good to be written about the right field situation for the Red Sox this season. In fact, the best thing is to start looking at alternatives as written by Nick Cafardo in today's Boston Globe. Nick points out that the days seem to be numbered for the Darnell McDonald and Mike Cameron combo as a right-handed bat alternative platoon to J.D. Drew.
Nick writes, "The Sox will probably do what they never wanted to do — trade a prospect for an established righthanded hitter." The only trouble is that, according to Peter Gammons of MLB Network (on Twitter), the Red Sox cannot add payroll this season.
Here's why the Sox are in this conflicting situation:
J.D. Drew versus lefties 2011
J.D. Drew versus lefties 2011 on the outer portion of the plate
When lefties pitch Drew outside, Drew has gone 1-for-15 (a single) with one walk and seven strikeouts.
So what are the alternatives?
Mike Cameron versus lefties 2011
Darnell McDonald versus lefties 2011
But did it need to come to this?
Here is a frame of reference
David Ortiz versus lefties 2011
Here's why Ortiz has been successful against lefties
Ortiz has a 1.003 OPS against lefties this season and when they pitch him outside, his OPS rises to 1.037.
In his contract year, Big Papi has made adjustments to save his job, the same adjustments that neither Drew, Cameron, and McDonald have made and that may cost all them their jobs.