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The Red Sox Need To Play Alex Verdugo Everyday

It’s no secret that the Boston Red Sox have gotten off to a very rough start this season. The team started their 60-game marathon by losing two out of three to the lowly Baltimore Orioles.

Since then, they have been swept in their two game series with the New York Mets. That puts their record at a lackluster 1-4 through the first five games. The pitching has been the biggest issue, but Boston’s bats have also been very quiet since their 13 run explosion on opening day.

There is still hope that Boston can turn this thing around, but there isn’t much. Their rotation is horrendous and it probably won’t get better any time soon, especially with Eduardo Rodriguez dealing with the complications of contracting coronavirus.

Simply put, this team isn’t good. There is no way that they will be able to compete with the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Los Angeles Dodgers of the world.

With that being said, Boston should be putting its young guys out there every single game. And by, “young guys” I am talking  specifically about one player: Alex Verdugo.

Yes it has only been five games, but manager Ron Roenicke sat Verdugo on opening day because the Orioles were throwing out a lefty in Tommy Milone. That move really struck a nerve with me .

First of all, Verdugo is a former top prospect who can hit lefties. Last season Verdugo hit southpaws at a .327 clip. Does that say “sit this guy” to you?

Platoon Splits
Split G GS PA AB R H SO BA OBP SLG OPS
vs RHP 97 268 242 30 68 33 .281 .336 .471 .807
vs LHP 55 109 101 13 33 16 .327 .358 .485 .843

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table

Generated 7/29/2020.

You can argue Verdugo should sit because of the back injury that ended his 2019, but, according to him, he is 100%.

Second of all, as the main return in the Mookie Betts / Dodgers deal, don’t you want to see what you have? Unless Boston’s willing to accept that they traded a former MVP for a platoon guy, I don’t see why he shouldn’t be out there everyday.

Finally, the outfield for next year is not close to being set. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Kevin Pillar are free agents this upcoming offseason. Who knows what is going on with Andrew Benintendi’s performance. Verdugo is one of the only guys that HAS to be penciled in the outfield for 2021.

So in a shortened season, where the Red Sox clearly look like an inferior team, what is the point of sitting Verdugo? There is none.

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