As much as pitching is a concern for the Boston Red Sox right now, it is not the only issue for the team.
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Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli might be struggling a bit, but it is his backup that the team should be worried about. For some reason or another, they are using a spot on the bench for first baseman/outfielder Allen Craig although his numbers rank among the worst in MLB history.
Depth at first base is not a problem for Boston with seven guys on the active roster (Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava, Craig, Brock Holt, Pablo Sandoval, Sandy Leon, Ryan Hanigan) owning professional experience at the position. Not only is there is no shortage of first base depth for the Red Sox, but they also have one of the most crowded outfields in the game.
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While his numbers from the past speak for themselves, Craig might just be the worst hitter in Red Sox history. If he keeps up exactly what he has done in Boston, he would be in running for worst offensive performance in a season in league history (excluding pitchers).
In 111 at-bats for the Red Sox (from this year and last year), he is a .126 hitter and has struck out in 42 of those AB’s (37.83% whiff rate). To put it this way—if he had 600 at-bats (highly unlikely), he would set the record for most strikeouts in a season. Whiff rate is not even his biggest concern at this point, it is getting hits.
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Even if Craig managed to play well for the Red Sox, keeping both him and Daniel Nava is still overkill. At the best of their abilities, they are almost identical players—except Nava has tenure.
With the amount of pieces Boston has to play with perhaps getting some speed on their bench, or someone who hits left-handed pitching, would be a little bit more useful. They lack a true backup center fielder which would be more useful than having three left fielders.
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Keep in mind that not only does Boston have Rusney Castillo (Disabled List) and Jackie Bradley Jr. in the Minors, but Bryce Brentz and Quintin Berry as well. Perhaps one (all) of them could hit better than .126 in the big leagues.