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Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:28

Anyone Who Is Losing Faith In Andrew Benintendi Needs To Chill Out

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There is one thing that everyone knows about sports and that is that they are hard. That’s painfully obvious and I don’t care how good you are or what you are made of, sports just aren’t an easy thing to do. Every single athlete is going to take their lumps at one point or another and they will struggle. In baseball, where failure is a huge part of the game, this may even be more common.

So with all that said, the Red Sox stud rookie outfielder, Andrew Benintendi, is finally experiencing some hard times. He rocketed through the Sox minor league system and then burst on the scene last year without ever really having a setback besides an injury. When this year came around, you had to think that he would finally have that little slump that every player goes through once the league figures out how to pitch to them.

For all of April, that did not happen. Despite the enormous expectations and the pressure of being the next big thing, Benintendi thrived. I was beginning to wonder if he was superhuman or something. But now, he’s finally having his growing pains. As of right now, Benintendi is mired in a 0-for-26 slump and it’s starting to become a talking point in the media.

John Farrell, to his credit, is sticking with Benintendi in the cleanup spot despite his recent struggles. Before yesterday’s win against the Cardinals, Farrell spoke to reporters about how he isn’t losing any confidence in the kid and how Benintendi can still contribute even when he’s not getting hits. I don’t say this often, but Farrell is one hundred percent correct. 

Benintendi is still hitting the ball pretty hard and having good at-bats during this stretch, which is cause for optimism. Just last night, he hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game in a big spot for the Sox. He’s still making productive outs and getting on base right now, with four walks and one hit by pitch. 

It also isn’t like Benintendi isn’t seeing the ball well. He’s only struck out four times over his slump and continues to just hit the ball at the wrong guy. This isn’t your typical slump where a player looks overmatched and out of sync. To question Benintendi and call for a change is being a little to over the top as of right now.

Jake Archer

Jake is a contributor to the CLNS Red Sox beat team. He is passionate about baseball, basketball, football and golf, but can get interested in almost anything competitive. Jake has a lot of strong opinions and will share them through his writing and podcasting. You can also follow him on Twitter @jarcher04 but please be advised, his takes can get hot.