Re: Xander Bogaerts promoted
posted at 8/19/2013 2:24 PM EDT
3B might not be an offensive weakness anymore. Short sample of course, but hopefully Middlebrooks is reverting to the form he showed last year.
Here's his iimprovement. The first line is his June numbers, the second his August.
31 PA, 29 AB, 1 R, 4 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K, .138 BA, .194 OBP, .276 SLG, .469 OPS
31 PA, 26 AB, 4 R, 12 H, 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K, .462 BA, .548 OBP, .692 SLG, 1.241 OPS
It's too soon to move him from eighth or ninth, but hopefully by sometime in September, he might show enough to move up closer to the middle of the lineup.
As for Bogearts, it will be interesting to see how they use him. Middlebrooks is too hot right not to sit. Drew is batting .317 in August and actually had some good games against lefties. Overall this year, Drew hasn't been good against lefties, so of course that's an obvious place to play Bogearts.
I don't think Bogearts will be an upgrade defensively over Drew -- might even be a drop off -- so Bogearts needs to hit to have playing time. Bogearts might give the Sox a boost with his bat against lefties, but quietly, it might be Middlebrooks giving that boost.
Hopefully, both will produce.