The Red Sox have lost seven of their last 10 after dropping two of three to the Yankees over the weekend, and are hoping the youngster can provide some kind of spark for the stretch run. Jacoby Ellsbury had a similar effect in 2007, batting .353 and scoring 20 runs in 33 games at the end of the season, and then batting .360 during the playoffs in Boston’s run to a World Series title.
It’s unclear when Bogaerts will make his major league debut, but news of the call up has 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak excited.
“Don’t you have to assume that this guy is up here, he’s going to get his at bats, and we’re going to get a healthy dose of Xander Bogaerts in the big leagues,” said Gresh.
“Get the kid in there and let him play,” said Zo. “He’s going to be one of your key guys. You look at this infield, with Pedroia, Middlebrooks and Bogaerts… This is going to be your infield of the future. Get him up and get him playing.”
“Here’s the reason I’m most excited; this is a house-money move,” said Gresh. “You’re feeling good, your team is playing well, percentages tell you you’re going to make the postseason. Most people would look at it and say he’s ready. As we look at Bogaerts right now, don’t you get the feeling that they know he’s ready for his turn? So bring him up and throw him in the middle of the pennant race; see if he thrives and tears it up, and gives them a reason to leave him in the lineup every day.
“He has a chance to make an impact, and if he does look out,” said Gresh.