Meanwhile, Shaw has thrived with the Brewers. He’s already blasted 7 home runs and driven in 24 RBI while producing a career-high .847 OPS through 29 games in Milwaukee.
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The Red Sox sure could use that type of production at the hot corner. Sandoval is back on the disabled list, where he’s since been joined by Brock Holt and Marco Hernandez, leaving the team scraping the bottom of the barrel for fourth and fifth string options at third base.
Boston’s rotating collection of third baseman have combined to hit a putrid .221 this season, while ranking last in the league with a .601 OPS. All three home runs attributed to Red Sox third basemen have come from Sandoval, who still seemed to be a shell of his former self despite a brief unexpected power surge that preceded the knee sprain that has sidelined him since the end of April.
Red Sox third basemen have already committed 12 errors this season, by far the most in the majors at the position. Shaw has been mediocre defensively, with four errors, a .947 fielding percentage and a neutral DWAR, although that’s enough to make him look like a Gold Glove candidate compared to the options Boston has been trotting out at third base.