The Boston Red Sox made a series of roster moves on Friday. Infielder Eduardo Nunez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain and Tzu-Wei Lin and Michael Chavis were called up since second baseman Dustin Pedroia and infielder Brock Holt are on the injured list.
With Nunez, Pedroia, and Holt on the injured list, Lin and Chavis will provide the Red Sox with some infield stability. Lin, who has played shortstop and second base, is hitting .286 with three doubles and walks this season. Chavis, who is the Red Sox’s top prospect, meanwhile is hitting .250 with four home runs, two doubles, and seven walks.
After being one of the best teams and a winning a World Series title last year the Red Sox have struggled this year and are currently 6-13. One of the Red Sox’s problems is second base. This season Red Sox second baseman rank last in almost every offensive category, including batting average(.125), on-base percentage(.176), slugging percentage(.138), and WRC+(-21!), according to Mike Cole of NESN. So who should play second base?
Chavis has played five games at second base, but Lin has played more games at second base. MLB.com’s Ian Browne says that Chavis is more comfortable at first and third base and that he’s just learning the position at second. Red Sox manager Alex Cora told WEEI on Thursday that Chavis still needs work at second base.
Yeah, he’s a work in progress. Right now, actually, we have communication with (Pawtucket manager Billy McMillion and coach Bruce Crabbe) about our guys down there, and you start asking about how he’s doing at second. He hasn’t played that much, and there are a few plays that he needs to get better. We’re comfortable with him making the routine plays, but as you know, there are other plays that come into play at the minor leagues and big league level. He’s a work in progress, and he’s getting close to what we want to. You never know, injuries and all that come into play and he could be here to contribute, but as of now, he needs a little more work at second base.
Since Chavis does need work at second base, he should play there so he can get better. Even if Lin ends up at second instead of Chavis, Chavis could provide the Red Sox with a much needed shot in the arm. Chavis has been hot lately, hitting .412, homering in three of his last five games, and has five extra-base hits in that time.
Chavis has the opportunity to help the Red Sox turn things around. If Chavis can’t help them turn things around, then the Red Sox are in big trouble.