On Tuesday, Grady Sizemore packed his bags and was designated for assignment by the Red Sox. There’s a new outfielder around and his name is Brock Holt. While Holt wasn’t the only reason Sizemore was cut, his excellent hitting and versatility have allowed the Sox to start switching things up.
The team is sporting one of the worst, if not the worst, offensive outfield in their history. Sizemore’s .216 average and .612 OPS were not going to cut it in Boston. Jackie Bradley Jr.’s numbers are even worse, but he’s a young player with potential and has been providing excellent defense. Last night, we saw Bradley sit and Mr. Everything, Brock Holt, play his first professional game in center field. Does he have the ability to play there though? Well, in the third inning, he did his best to prove nay-sayers wrong by making this amazing catch.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FErW4ys5s3I
Holt also scored both of Boston’s runs in the 2-1 victory and has been hitting at a very steady pace, with his average going from .337 to .338 since the beginning of June.
While it’s tough to see Sizemore lose his job after giving a strong effort to come back, it is good to see the Red Sox starting to shake things up. With Shane Victorino on his way back, perhaps Daniel Nava will be on his way back down to Pawtucket, despite raising his average up to around .200 since being called up. Is it possible that we could see a Gomes-Holt-Victorino outfield? People weren’t expecting to see Sizemore in center field, but I am sure they are equally surprised when Holt was put there.
Even Will Middlebrooks might give the outfield a shot when he returns, according to John Farrell. The third base to outfield position change isn’t seen very often, but it could happen twice on this year’s Red Sox team. Hell, I wouldn’t mind if they put Big Papi out there at this point. Seriously though, expect to see some more wacky lineups for the next month or so as the Red Sox continue to try and figure out this enigmatic team.