I know they sent him down to work on his swing but is he being punished for his lack of hitting in the first half?
Because I can’t think of any other reason why, when Stephen Drew went on the DL, that Middlebrooks was not recalled from Pawtucket to assume his spot at third base.
Snyder might be a nice story but there’s a reason he has shown ability to hit yet was released by two other teams (Rangers, Orioles). It must be his fielding, stupid.
And yet, Brock Holt started the game at third for Boston so Snyder apparently came in for late inning defense. Huh?
You cannot lollipop a throw over your second baseman’s head into right field and cost your team a game they should have won easily. I highly doubt Middlebrooks or Holt would have made the same play.
Is Middlebrooks really that deep in management’s doghouse that we have to be subjected to amateur hour with Snyder? Get this guy out of here, pronto. He’s not a real major league player, I’m sorry.
If this loss sends the team on a nosedive on this west coast trip, you have to seriously ask yourself why Brandon Snyder was on this team at all when you had a perfectly healthy Middlebrooks ready to come back.
Apparently management is so busy fawning over Xander Bogaerts as the next great third baseman (even though he’s a shortstop by trade) that they forgot they already have a perfectly capable one ready to assume his regular starting role in Middlebrooks. A guy that produced for them big time last year in the majors.
Hope ‘ol Xander lives up to all the hype once he gets to Boston because Snyder certainly is no viable alternative as we saw late last night in Anaheim.
For more on this fiasco check out my thoughts on the game here.