Right field a sore spot for Phillies, Red Sox
June, 28, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
The Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies begin a three-game series Tuesday in what has been termed a potential World Series preview. Of course, owning two of the better win-loss records in baseball isn't the only thing they have in common. Entering Tuesday, no teams had received a lower batting average from their right fielders than the Red Sox and Phillies, at .220 each. From J.D. Drew and Mike Cameron to Ben Francisco and Domonic Brown, this position has been a relative wasteland for fantasy owners as well.
Boston right fielders, led by Drew, have a .304 on-base percentage, which is incredible since this has always been one of Drew's strengths. The much-maligned Drew has actually been a better player -- in real life and fantasy -- over the years than people think, save for the missed games, but not this season. Ultimately, the Red Sox lead the majors in runs scored, batting average and OPS, and the Phillies are 17th -- pitching overcomes many ills! -- but when it comes to right field, it's a big mess all around.
Claus Andersen/Getty ImagesJ.D. Drew is currently at career-worst levels in batting average, on-base and slugging.