4-20-2011: Saltalamacchia struggling to earn the trust of the staff


Terry Francona hinted that Jarrod Saltalamacchia may not have the full confidence of the pitching staff:

I think sometimes a catcher can put down the same signs, but depending on who it is, the pitcher throws with a little more commitment. I think Tek has earned that. It’s always going to be hard for the next guy to come in to compare themselves, the way the game’s being run, with Tek.

I’ve said all season that I think this is a problem, as can be seen by Salty’s catcher ERA this year (7.14) versus that of Jason Varitek (2.40). I can see how it would be hard for anyone as the new guy to follow a guy who’s caught four no-hitters. However, Victor Martinez wasn’t the best defensive catcher, and they had no problem throwing to him last year. Salty may just not have the ability to win over his staff, and that’s a problem. If things don’t change soon, I’d like them to give Mike McKenry a look when they have an opportunity (perhaps when Varitek goes on the DL in June or whenever).

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2 Responses to 4-20-2011: Saltalamacchia struggling to earn the trust of the staff

  1. rj says:

    “However, Victor Martinez wasn’t the best defensive catcher, and they had no problem throwing to him last year.”

    Becket never seemed comfortable throwing to VMart, though the problem was never as severe as it appears to be with Salty. It’s a little early to tell how this will end. The problem is all mental; a confidence issue. If I was a pitcher that would turn me off too. He could very well get his head straight and turn it around.

    • redsoxtalk says:

      Hey rj, I certainly hope Saltalamacchia gets it together. However, nothing in his bat or makeup or anything make me certain that he’s gotta be the guy. If he doesn’t stabilize this rotation soon, I’m all for change.

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