Do the Red Sox have a catcher controversy? On Arbella Early Edition, Gary Tanguay and WEEI's Kirk Minihane size up the two veterans behind the plate, David Ross and A.J. Pierzynksi.
The pitchers' ERA with Ross so far this season is about two runs lower than with Pierzynski.
"No doubt about it he handles the staff better," said Tanguay.
The signing of Pierzysnki had Minihane scratching his head.
"I look at Pierzysnki and I don't understand it. I see the ERA, we know the defensive value [of Ross]. The Red Sox more than anything else value pitches per at-bat. [Ross] takes like a pitch-and-a-half more per at-bat than Pierzynski," Minihane said. "I don't get it it mystifies me. It wasn't a great match from the start. They're paying this guy more than 8 million to do things they don't like."
Still, Tanguay said, "The fact is, Ross is not a full-time catcher. They're waiting for the kids [prospects Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez]. [Pierzynski] is here for a year. He's filler. He's cantaloupe."
Minihane said pitchers preferring Ross is in their own self-interest.
"Do you think the pitchers are being fair about it? They're pitching for their lives. Lester is. That's why Lester pitches to Ross. Lackey is. Buchholz," he said. "Pierzynski's just a bad fit. If you buy in that clubhouse chemistry meant a lot last year, then it should mean a lot this year and Pierzynski is not a great figure in that clubhouse. I don't think he's well-liked in there.
"Ross is a better game-caller than Pierzysnki. Bottom line."