For Pablo Sandoval, this year has been one to forget -- and we're only six games in.
Yesterday on Opening Day at Fenway, Sandoval was met with a plethora of boos as he got introduced and as the game went on, it would not get any easier for big Pablo.
In the seventh inning, Mychal Givens was on the mound for the Baltimore Orioles (a right hander) with a runner in scoring position for the Sox. With Chris Young up at-bat, John Farrell elected to stick with Young despite that fact that his career average is .224 off of righties.
Farrell could have easily went with Sandoval, as he typically hits well against right-handed pitching.
But he didn't.
Instead, Farrell stuck with Young.
Farrell explained later to reporters that he wanted Young in the game to possibly face O's closer Zach Britton in the ninth.
"With the left-handed closer in Britton, that was the swing decision," Farrell said to reporters. "It's an aggressive move in the sixth inning, but the way the wind is blowing, the way the ball is carrying, looking for spots for Chris Young against the left-hander. that was it, knowing that Britton is going to close that game out, if they were to take the lead."
This decision says a lot about Sandoval's place on the team.
He has none.
Sandoval is not particularly fast, and he can only play third base. So after he lost his job at the end of Spring Training to Travis Shaw, there was no where to put him.
It was thought that Sandoval would only be used to start on off-days for Shaw and in pinch-hit situations.
As far as giving Shaw the day off, Sandoval started against the Toronto Blue Jays for a game and went 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts. His belt also exploded on a swing.