Red Sox outfield could go in any direction – Boston Globe
No need to get into the horrifying power numbers Red Sox outfielders have amassed this season. OK, they’ve hit 26 home runs. They’ve been dreadful. Now the question is: How do they fix it?
There’s no question Yoenis Cespedes can hit, drive in runs, and throw. But why is he playing so deep, allowing so many balls to drop into left field for base hits? Also, why isn’t Cespedes spending more time working on his defense, especially in the quirkiest ballpark in baseball and one he’s not familiar with?
Where does Shane Victorino fit? He’s the reigning American League Gold Glove winner in right field, but missed most of the season with a potpourri of injuries.
The feeling is Cespedes’s athleticism may need to be unleashed in Fenway’s more expansive right field, where he can take advantage of his strong arm.
If Cespedes plays right, that shuts out Victorino, who also has won three Gold Gloves in center field. That’s presumably Rusney Castillo’s spot, but so far Castillo has hit about as well as the position has hit all year — .174. His 4.2 seconds time down the line out of the batter’s box is pedestrian, but it appears he can steal bases. Suffice to say, the 27-year-old Cuban defector is an unknown at this point.
And there’s the curious case of Allen Craig.
Sitting with a few scouts in Baltimore last week, his name came up in the context of “What on earth is going on?” After going 0 for 3 Wednesday night, Craig is hitting .117.
“For a couple of years in the National League, I’m not sure there was any other hitter you’d want up in a big situation. He’s 30 years old. He can’t be done. Is he hurt? He must be because I’ve never seen him look so …read more