Through 59 games, the Boston Red Sox are nine games out of the AL East with a 27-32 record, but are still in the Wild Card picture as they are only four games out of that race with 103 games to go. The main reason has been the struggles of the Red Sox outfield entering Friday’s contest.
Through 724 at-bats on the season, the outfielders have combined to hit .210 with only 11 home runs, among the six outfielders that have played with the Red Sox this season, to go along with 76 RBI.
The struggles have been due to health reasons with Shane Victorino missing a chunk of time, but players like Daniel Nava and Mike Carp have really underperformed most of the 2014 season after playing fairly well in 2013.
As a whole, the outfield is toward the bottom in offensive production when the outfield is usually a steady offensive threat to the better teams in baseball. This does not bode well; a team that has struggled to drive in runners on a consistent basis means it might be time to shake things up before it’s too late.
Maybe Bryce Brentz could make a difference once he returns from the DL in Triple-A or maybe Victorino will be back sooner than expected? If neither of those options pan out, then a trade should be imminent.
Players such as Marlon Byrd, Domonic Brown and even Emilio Bonifacio are options that the Red Sox could pursue. Bonifacio is the most interesting because he can bat leadoff with a solid glove. Sure, Byrd and Brown are both power bats, but deepening the lineup with a speedster at the top is another way the Red Sox can get production out of the rest of the lineup.
Whatever the Red Sox decide to do, it needs to happen before a playoff spot is too far out of sight. The team has already decided to save the season with the Stephen Drew signing, so a missed opportunity might not go over so well with fans.