Brock Holt Should Remain Red Sox Shortstop
The Boston Red Sox still believe they are in the hunt. At 9.5 games out of the American League East, they still have a shot, albeit an outside one. Boston’s offense is last in the American League in runs and they will need to pick up the pace to have any chance.
The Red Sox production from outfielders is last in the American League. The outfield in 2014 has included Daniel Nava, Jonny Gomes, Jackie Bradley Jr, Brock Holt, Alex Hassan, Shane Victorino and lastly, Mookie Betts.
Holt has solidified his role as an everyday player. Victorino is expected to return tonight, moving Holt over to left field. However, at some point Holt might end up at third base or shortstop, depending for how long they stick with Stephen Drew,
Victorino is back in right field with Gomes in left, and Bradley in center. This is likely how the outfield will look for a while, with Holt, Nava and Gomes platooning. This obviously gets redundant, and move to make gets obvious.
It’s time to remove Drew from the equation.
Holt is starting at shortstop tonight against left hander Danny Duffy. Though Holt is also a lefty, Drew has not started against a left handed pitcher all season and the Red Sox have not planned to.
Holt’s bat is a must in the lineup with him hitting over .320. It makes sense to keep him in in the lineup, but Nava has begun to hit and Gomes showed last night with his walk off home run how valuable he can be.
Placing Holt at shortstop strengthens the lineup. Xander Bogaerts remains at third base, at least for now. His slump might lead to a Will Middlebrooks sighting at some point. But for now, Holt should remain at shortstop and continue to lead off.
Nava can play left field against right handed pitchers and Gomes against lefties, like the lineup is set tonight. Bradley has started to hit as well and his stellar play in center-field requires him to stay in the lineup.
It only makes sense to release, or designate, Drew and keep Holt at shortstop. Will the Red Sox do it and eat the remainder of Drew’s contract?