The Red Sox clearly just do not understand this "player development" phase of a lost season.
|BOSTON RED SOX||LOS ANGELES ANGELS|
|Brock Holt - CF||Kole Calhoun - RF|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Mike Trout - DH|
|David Ortiz - DH||Albert Pujols - 1B|
|Yoenis Cespedes - LF||Josh Hamilton - CF|
|Mike Napoli - 1B||Erick Aybar - SS|
|Daniel Nava - RF||Howie Kendrick - 2B|
|Xander Bogaerts - SS||David Freese - 3B|
|Will Middlebrooks - 3B||Hank Conger - C|
|Christian Vazquez - C||Collin Cowgill - LF|
|Clay Buchholz - RHP||Garrett Richards - RHP|
Of the last four games, Jackie Bradley Jr. will have started one, and I really just don't get it.
Dustin Pedroia is getting every start possible. He has better than 5,000 career plate appearances. He could miss the last seven weeks of the season and be no worse off headed into 2015. Hell, the extra time off might even do him some good.
Hell, the same goes for David Ortiz and Mike Napoli.
The Red Sox shouldn't be straight-up benching these guys for long periods of time. They probably wouldn't appreciate it any more than the fans headed to the games would. But when you can get playing time for your two longest-tenured veterans but not for a player like Jackie Bradley Jr. when 13 games below .500 you're doing it wrong.
Fix it, Farrell.
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