SS: Wilmer Flores vs Javier Baez
Things are just becoming more and more ironic. Both SS’s are replacing their respective starters due to injury. We all know what happened with Ruben Tejada in Game 2’s collision with Chase Utley. We also now know that Addison Russell will miss the NLCS with a hamstring injury.
Instead I actually believe both replacements will give their team a better chance, at least at the plate that is. Baez had Wrigley Field shaking at its core with a 3-run opposite field shot that gave the Cubs a game clinching 4-2 lead over the Cardinals to advance.
The former 9th overall pick back in 2011 has changed his plate approach. Baez is now covering more of the plate rather than standing in the middle of the box. Sometimes you have to move those feet closer to get a better read on Major league pitches coming at you.
Wilmer Flores has been no slouch either. In fact, I don’t think he receives a whole lot of credit for his .263 16 HRs 59 RBI season. I think most ball clubs will sign up for that kind of production from a 2nd year SS wouldn’t you agree?
Winner: The unfortunate draw. We’ll see which bottom of the order SS looks to break this draw.
So far it’s 1-1-1 in the position comparison.