Drew remains positive despite offensive slump

Drew remains positive despite offensive slump
October 18, 2013, 8:00 pm
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BOSTON – Manager John Farrell knows what is being said about his shortstop. But, that does not mean he’s going to shy away from Stephen Drew.
Drew is 1-for-17, batting .059, in the ALCS with a walk and eight strikeouts, leaving 10 runners on base.  He has just one extra-base hit in the postseason, a triple in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Rays.
“It’s frustrating," Drew said Friday afternoon. “I know I’m trying to figure some things out. It’s something that is frustrating but at the same time I don't take it in the field which is really good. The main goal is to go out there and play good defense and then come in and do my job at the plate. So I’ve played really good defense, made some good plays, and been at the right time. The great thing is this team’s winning and that’s all that matters in the postseason. So that’s fun to be a part of that.”
Drew hit .253 with a .333 on-base percentage and .443 slugging percentage in the regular season. But, it’s his defense, Farrell said, that will keep him in the lineup.
“There's been a lot calling for Stephen's head, seemingly, but he's a very good player,” Farrell said. “And in these games defense is a premium. And when a defensive play hasn't been made and you give a team an extra out, as good as these two teams are, you're likely going to pay for that. And I'm not saying that we don't have good defenders otherwise. But Stephen has taken good swings. We all recognize the struggles that are there. But he shores up the middle of our infield so well, I don't want to... I'm certainly going to preserve that. And yes, Stephen will be in the lineup [Saturday].”
That kind of endorsement from his manager means a lot to Drew.
“It’s huge,” Drew said. “For me, I’m even keeled regardless. I go out and play the game the best I can. Some days you’re frustrated, and this postseason for me is kind of – looking back at my at-bats I’ve had some good at bats and like I said I missed pitches.  That’s what it boils down to. It’s something that I wish I could get some of this here and there but at the same time I’m playing really good defense. Like I said, the main thing 25 guys here, we’re winning, and doing the best we can.”
Drew does not believe he’s been pressing at the plate.
“No, looking back it’s trying to find the little thing to get me going,” he said. “You never know when you're going to come out of that and when I do come out of it I know my numbers are pretty good. So hopefully I come out of it pretty soon and be able to help out in an offensive way. But defense, going out there, I don’t take it to the field. I’ve always done a good job of that and pitching’s done well for us, and hitting’s coming around.”
He hasn’t identified a reason for his struggles, but continues to look.
“Looking back at videos and stuff,” he said, “the main thing is just I’m getting in some difficult counts and swinging at  some pitches, borderline pitches I shouldn’t swing at. That’s the main thing.”