Everybody has a favorite player; mine is Bryce Harper. John Farrell, however, takes favorites to a whole new level and unfortunately for the Red Sox and their fans, his favorite players are not very good.
It is no secret that Farrell is a huge Stephen Drew fan. He was no doubt the driving force behind re-signing Stephen Drew in mid-May. Xander Bogaerts got bumped from his naturally position of shortstop to make room for Stephen Drew and has slumped since making the move to third. Why is having a veteran who will not be a part of the team's future change position out of the question, but screwing with the future of your franchise encouraged? Ask John Farrell. Yes, Ben Cherington is the one who signed Drew, but I am convinced that Farrell was putting all sorts of pressure on him to bring Drew back.
The decision to move Bogaerts for Drew has been debated since the day of the signing, and has gained steam since Drew has been more of hinderance than a productive player, but it is not the only move that should be questioned.
Another questionable decision surfaced tonight when Farrell decided to go with another favorite over a hot bat.
Jonny Gomes is definitely a part of "Farrell's Favorites" and it was never more evident than it is right now. Jackie Bradley Jr. has struggled at the plate for the majority of the season. Coming into the month of July, JBJ was hitting only .207. However, since turning the calendar page, Bradley has been swinging a hot stick. In his last seven games, Bradley is hitting .462 bringing his season average up to .220. While it has only been 13 at bats, you have to start somewhere. So it would only make sense to keep him in the lineup, right?
Farrell left the center fielder off his lineup card for game two of the series against the Chicago White Sox. Mookie Betts is playing center and Jonny Gomes is in left because God forbid Gomes does not get enough at bats. Why does he feel the need to get Gomes in the lineup?
If Bradley Jr. is not in the lineup because they are facing a lefty, Farrell needs to do some research and not just shy away from lefty-lefty match ups because it is what he thinks should be done; JBJ is hitting lefties better than righties in 2014.
Wanting to get Mookie Betts in the lineup is totally understandable. He is with the big league team to play, not sit on the bench and he has not played in three out of the previous four games prior to tonight's game. But it is possible to have Betts and Bradley Jr. both in the same lineup; play Betts at a corner outfield position and keep Bradley's Gold Glove in center. Those two players are a part of the future while Gomes, like Drew, is not.
If Farrell continues to roll with Drew and his .133 average and Gomes with his .234 average and tiring personality, he will be hurting the team's future. They must see what they have in certain players and let them get accustomed to the Major Leagues.
No matter the outcome of the game or whatever the final box score says, Farrell made the wrong decision yet again.
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