First, let’s set the table with this topic. Bogaerts is hitting .296/.341/.398. On top of that, he has 21 RBI and 13 extra base hits. This guy has been raking all season long. So now the question…
WHY IS THIS GUY NOT BATTING HIGHER IN ORDER?
He has not hit higher than fifth more than a handful of times this season and every time he has, the Red Sox lineup was better for it. To make matters worse, Mike Napoli and Pablo Sandoval are still hitting above him. They are hitting .204 and .241 respectively. That’s absurd!
This is something that leads back to John Farrell. Without getting into that can of worms, is this guy making the right decisions with Bogaerts? He moved him to 3B last season in favor of Stephen Drew, hindering X’s development. There’s one mistake. Now, the second mistake, is not getting him his at bats. This team is in last place. Why not let him hit fifth (at least) every night. He could hit as high as second, which is now occupied by Brock Holt.
Brock Holt is batting .305 but has 68 fewer at bats then Xander and eight less RBIs. On top of that this team’s future is with Xander, not Brock Holt.
This team is spiraling out of control and is destined to finish in last for the third time in four seasons. This team looks scared at the plate. It’s time to settle in for a long summer and only tuning in to watch a select few players (Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, Eduardo Rodriguez and Blake Swihart).
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