All posts tagged daniel nava

→ ‘Intangibles’ give Gomes nod in LF

By any statistical measure, Daniel Nava should be drawing the start in left field for the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALCS Tuesday afternoon. The switch-hitting Nava has a slash line of .322/.411/.484/.894 against right-handed pitchers. He has faced Game 3 starter Justin Verlander just once, but hit a three-run double and drew a walk in four plate appearances. That was in Fenway Park on May 29, 2012.

The right-handed hitting Gomes, meanwhile, has a slash line of .258/.341/.404/.745 vs. right-handed pitchers. He has 13 plate appearances in his career against Verlander. He is 0 for 9 with 3 walks and a sacrifice fly.

Decisions like this make me nervous. The right decision, without looking at outcomes, is to play Nava. Of course, everyone will evaluate Farrell’s decision based on how well Gomes plays tonight.

→ Nava brings a Win to the Sox and to Boston!

What a great end to a great day at Fenway.

→ Nava on the Comeback Trail and Looking for Playing Time

Let Carl Crawford get his surgery. Give Daniel Nava more playing time. Problem solved.

The Second Act for Daniel Nava

Firebrand of the American League has an excellent article about Daniel Nava’s success in his most recent trip to the majors.

After 2010, it seemed that Daniel Nava’s career had peaked with the very first pitch of his major league career. Well, despite every odd, he’s returned. And he’s fighting to become more than a footnote, more than a “Oh, isn’t that the kid who hit a grand slam on his first pitch?” in local conversations. Every swing he takes, every base he rounds, is fighting to erase that reputation, reworking a history that seemed all but written in stone. Lacing a 100 MPH pitch from MVP Justin Verlander for a three-run double is a good place to start, but to really change things, you’d imagine that Nava has to make an impact in another month, one that starts with an O. It’s been a few years since the Sox have gotten that chance. But then again, if anyone knows about waiting a few years for a chance, it’s Daniel Nava.

Count me among those who assumed the Nava was a one grand slam wonder. I’m extremely glad to have been proven wrong.