Will Middlebrooks returned to the majors with the Red Sox Saturday, August 10th. People on Twitter questioned why the team brought up Middlebrooks when many are itching to see Xander Bogaerts. Answer, Will is in the forty-man rotation, and has the experience we need right now.
I am sure John Farrell wants to take another look at it Middlebrooks, too. He was a valuable asset for the Red Sox once upon a time. He hit a slump with the Boston team and spent 45 games with the Pawtucket Red Sox. In the last eight games, he went on a hitting streak producing his best batting line of .333/.361/.545. Now was the time to bring Will back up.
Last night Middlebrooks had much to prove, and prove it he did with 2 hits and 2 RBIs helping the Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals. The two crucial RBIs came during the 4th inning off a single Middlebrooks hit to right field.
Everyone seemed thrilled with his performance last night, but can he keep it up? And if not, what are the Red Sox options for third base beyond Brock Holt? Third base is a large liability that was not addressed before the July 31st trade deadline. The team needs a big bat and defensive prowess on the field in that position.
Xander Bogaerts fits that profile, except he’s never played third base. Fans know this, but still want to see him at shortstop, or third because of his standout performance all season. Perhaps, the PawSox should move Bogaerts over to third for a few games on a trial basis to see what he can do there. Let him practice what may be the position that brings him up to the big leagues. The Sox may need him in September.
Meanwhile, Farrell’s mad scientist tests continue up in Boston. Each day comes with a new surprise, a tweak here, or a major change there. Yesterday’s change was Middlebrooks. Tomorrow, Bogaerts? Tuesday, he’ll take on the world.
Stay tuned. This season gets more interesting by the day.