Red Sox Strut: Xander Bogaerts, Chris Sale show consistency is key

May 7, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) celebrates with shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) after his two run home run against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) celebrates with shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) after his two run home run against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 5, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) looks on during pre game batting practice before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
May 5, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) looks on during pre game batting practice before a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports /

And this week’s offensive Strutter is…Xander Bogaerts

It was a difficult week to really select one particular player deserving to Strut because there were a bunch of inconsistencies with guys have very rough games but then really coming on late in the week. This is one of those week where I’ve decided to reward consistency at the plate.

I narrowed it down to two players. After really struggling for a couple weeks straight, Sandy Leon came on strong against the Twins. He ended up going 7-for-15 for the week (.467) with five RBI and three home runs. Our very own Tracy Katze is certainly psyched that Leon looks to be back to hitting bombs. Still, one very good weekend shouldn’t give someone the chance to Strut their stuff.

The model of consistency this week was Xander Bogaerts. Sure, he didn’t have any homeruns or any absolutely highlight worthy moments, but he got the job done no matter where he was put in the lineup. He went 12-for-30 (.400) and got at least one hit in all seven games this week. He also had seven runs scored, three RBI, three doubles and looks extremely locked in at the plate.

Farrell had Bogy hitting leadoff, fifth and then finally in the three-hole over the weekend. It didn’t really matter where he was hitting because Bogaerts is seeing the ball so well right now. I really like the third spot for him because although he’s not showing a ton of power, he will still get more of a chance to knock in some runs there.

Bogaerts is hitting .340 for the season which is fourth in the AL for batting average. And it’s not even hot yet! The Aruba born shortstop is not a fan of cold weather so he’s only going to get better as the weather improves. This could finally be the season that Bogaerts cements his role on the team and shows what he can do. For now, he can show us how he Struts!