Stephen Drew is 3 for 32 in the postseason and 1 for 17 in the American League Championship Series. He has left 10 runners on base in the ALCS alone.
Manager John Farrell is standing against the tide. Drew will be playing shortstop in Game 6 on Saturday.
“There’s been a lot calling for Stephen’s head, seemingly, but he’s a very good player,” Farrell said Friday. “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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.