Aug 16, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox pinch hitter Mike Carp (37) argues a third strike call with home plate umpire Bill Welke during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox fans vote Carp off island as Victorino returns to outfield


Last week, we posed the question: “when Shane Victorino returns from the disabled list, who goes?” Victorino, in a piece of good news for the Red Sox offense, played his final rehab game Tuesday night at Pawtucket and could return Wednesday. The fans have spoken. Our poll, conducted over Patriots’ Day weekend, concluded Mike Carp should be the odd man out.

There, Ben Cherington and John Farrell. It’s that easy.

Carp received 37% of the vote, indicating the fans would like to trade or release the outfielder/first baseman, who does not have minor league options. Daniel Nava, who does have a minor league option, polled second with 22% of the vote, likely tied to fan dissatisfaction with his sluggish early line: .149/.240/.269.

John Farrell’s starting lineup Tuesday echoed the fans’ sentiment, as Nava sat in favor of Hacksaw Jonny Gomes, who is also scuffling at .213/.309/.404 but has a cool beard and magical powers. On a serious note, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reported this morning that Nava was summoned to Farrell’s office after last night’s 9-3 loss to the Yankees, indicating he may be headed on the I-95 shuttle to Pawtucket.

The entire Red Sox outfield has been underwhelming this season.

Grady Sizemore received the fewest number of votes in the poll. However, Sizemore has plummeted to .213/.269/.344 and his defense has been uneven. It seems the Red Sox are committed to giving Sizemore the benefit of the doubt given his pedigree, but continued struggles with the bat and in the field would make it difficult to stay with an outfield alignment that includes the former Cleveland Indian.

Jackie Bradley, the youngest of the Boston outfielders, was also spared by BSI voters. He’s not lighting the world on fire with his bat, either, at .228/.333/.298 but has provided spectacular defense.

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  • Michael Macaulay-Birks

    Nava makes the most sense to me…they seem committed to JBJ and Sizemore (why did he start in RF last night?)

  • Rick M

    Sorry, Sean, but SCOBO (Supreme Court of Baseball Ops) will send Mr. Nava to Pawtucket. Yes, I too, love the guy. The weak link, for me, is Nava’s defense – same as Carp. But Carp has been given some limited prime time opportunities and succeeded. Sizemore seems to have hit a wall. well, in a figurative and not physical sense. And JBJ needs a real jolt or 2014 will just be a longer sample of 2013. .

    The next poll should be something about knowing what you know now would you have opened the vault for Jacoby?

  • Justin Jay

    I love watching Red Sox fans panic over nothing. This is great! Keep it up!

    • Sean Sylver

      Well, considering they need to make a roster move, exiling a sixth outfielder isn’t necessarily “panic.” Banishing A.J. Pierzynski? That’s panic.

    • Rick M

      We panic pitch to pitch.

      • Justin Jay

        The days of Aaron Boone are long over. AL East World Series Count since 2003: BOS 3-3, NYY 1-2, TBR 0-1, BAL 0-0, TOR 0-0 (and no playoff appearances since 1993)… on a list of teams that need to panic, you can place Boston just above the bottom of that list, one spot above STL… though they’re practically tied.

        • Rick M

          Memories linger, Justin, and reality is something far too many Sox fans choose to ignore. Apply patience when examining a talented and experienced team.

  • Justin Jay

    It’s just the determining who to exile part that’s funny to me. None of it will matter. Who’s got options? That’s what will matter. None of them lighting it up right now. All of a sudden you hear “Nava’s a great story but his time is up. He can’t do it” on WEEI. I crack up! It’s April! The Red Sox are in last by 1 game, and only 3.5 GB from 1st… IN APRIL. lol, it’s like players aren’t allowed to have a bad month.
    Fans should be happy that they’re getting it out their system now.

    • Sean Sylver

      All they need is for three or four of these guys to put together a pretty good campaign.

      • Justin Jay

        I agree. It’s like suddenly everybody went to crap? It’s a bad stretch. All teams have them. Sucks for my team, because it’s only a matter of time before they leapfrog us in the division.