Another curse hovers over the Red Sox club: the Drew Curse. In Monday night’s game Stephen Drew went 4 for 5 at the plate. In his final at-bat in the 11th inning, he hit a walk-off double to score Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the 6-5 win. What? Did that really happen? A Drew saved the day, and possibly elevated the Drew name in Boston?
I was not a big believer in Stephen Drew because of the tough time that his brother had with the ball club. J.D. Drew finished his last season with the Red Sox with a .222 batting average and .315 on-base percentage. His defensive skills were average at best. It was the end of his career. No matter, fans in Boston disliked him. At the beginning of the 2013 season, we found Boston fans worrying about the ghosts of the past, not focusing on the present. We immediately disliked Stephen Drew. They share the same last name and grew up in the same household, so Stephen must be bad juju, too, right?
The Drew curse combined with what I thought was a natural born player in Jose Iglesias sealed the deal for me. I thought Stephen Drew was not the right choice for the roster. Truth be told, and believe me it is hard to admit, I may have been wrong. Okay, okay, Iglesias needed more at-bats, despite heading down to Pawtucket with a .450 average. He just was not hitting any long balls.
There probably has been more discussion, both on this blog and in other places, about the shortstop position because there is not much depth there. In addition to strong fielding, the player must produce runs. This has been a tough combination to find over the last two years. Pedro Ciriaco has been between 2nd and 3rd base more times than your average sexually frustrated 14-year-old. Ciriaco has been at shortstop, too. His fielding has been decent, but he does not consistently produce runs. Drew seems to be the right fit. In the last five or six games, he has made an impact. He has reversed the Drew curse, especially after Monday night’s performance. His numbers are slowly increasing. Drew seems to be growing offensively and defensively.
With a .225 batting average, and the two homers he has on the books, will this trend continue? What do you think? Has the Drew curse been reversed?