Where Are All The Mitch Moreland Haters?
Fans everywhere are guilty of judging new players early before they get any chance to really see what they can do. But fans in Boston, including myself, love to do it. With new Red Sox first basemen Mitch Moreland, this was certainly the case.
I think Moreland came in giving everyone bad vibes for a couple of reasons. First off, he’s essentially the bat in the order that is “replacing” David Ortiz. That’s not exactly an easy act to follow for anyone, no matter who you are. Second, I think a lot of fans thought that the Sox would fill the hole left by Big Papi with a more established player. At least, that’s what I thought.
I came into the season pretty upset with the Moreland signing because I thought the Sox should have jumped on Edwin Encarnacion when his price dropped to a reasonable level. I knew we weren’t getting Ortiz, but I wanted an All-Star and with the team we already have I thought Encarnacion would make the team a lock for the American League pennant.
Instead, Boston went for Mitch Moreland. This was a very underwhelming signing that at the time I thought could be for depth. I honestly didn’t see him as a good enough everyday player and would have loved him as a role player. He’s got a great glove and he’s got some pop, but he’s also got some pretty big holes in his swing. I was honestly just waiting for him to struggle and bat like .220.
I wasn’t alone either. As I checked Twitter and other areas of the internet throughout spring training and on the first couple of days of the season, I saw a lot of Mitch Moreland bashing. People were ready going for the neck on this guy in the third game of the season! Like I said, I wasn’t his biggest supporter, but I also knew to wait it out.
Now, Moreland is on fire. He’s an absolute doubles hitting machine that can’t be stopped. His swing is a really interesting one, but it looks pretty good right now.
Obviously, he probably won’t keep up this torrid pace but it’s funny to see how quiet everyone has gotten about him over the last week or so. When all you do is step up to the plate and rocket a double off the wall every at-bat, I don’t think anyone can say much about how you’re a bum who will be off the team come June.