Red Sox Predictions: Players in danger of being left off postseason roster
By Sean Penney
It’s a shame to have to put Holt on this list because he’s become such a fan favorite over the last few years. The catchy Brock Star nickname, the flowing hair and his unselfish nature that allows him to contribute in any capacity the team asks of him are all reasons to be rooting for Holt.
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Unfortunately, the production just hasn’t been there this year. It’s not entirely his fault. Holt missed the majority of the season with concussion symptoms and vertigo. His return to the team was a great story after his career appeared to be in jeopardy, but Holt hasn’t been able to find his swing since being activated from the disabled list in mid-July.
Holt is hitting a meager .174/.283/.211 with zero home runs and only four RBI over 109 at-bats this season. He’s essentially an automatic out, which the Red Sox can’t afford in the postseason.
His versatility still provides some value, although the Red Sox may not need it. If Bogaerts is indeed left off the roster then Eduardo Nunez would presumably be the primary shortstop. If Bogaerts plays then Nunez may bounce around to a few different spots in the infield. There’s no doubt Nunez will play, as Boston needs his bat in the lineup. If he isn’t locked into a single position then he’ll essentially be a better version of what the Red Sox would get with super-utility man Holt.