Has the Red Sox DH become the elephant in the room?
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Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer
It might be the least noticed problem in the American League.
Maybe it's escaped our attention due to all the injury woes that the Red Sox have had to endure this season.
Could the lack of production at third base by an over paid Pablo Sandoval be covering up another black hole in the Red Sox lineup?
Whatever the reason, the designated hitter (DH) role for the Red Sox has gone unnoticed due to the underwhelming offensive numbers that have been put up so far this season. Red Sox Nation has been spoiled over the years with David Ortiz manning the DH role, but this year has been nothing short of a disaster.
The Red Sox have been hurt offensively by the lack of DH output. How many games where the Red Sox lost by a run (eight times in 2017) could have gone the other way if their DH put up 5-7 more HRs or knocked in another 10 RBIs?
It's a stretch to assume that these all would have been wins instead of losses, but the baseline is that more runs lead to more wins.
In 2016 Ramirez had 30 HRs and 111 RBIs, but this year he is on pace for +20 HRs and +60 RBIs.
With the Red Sox finding excuses to sideline Sandoval at 3B, it might be time to consider the lingering shoulder issues severe enough to sideline Ramirez in favor of another DH?
Eric is a contributing writer since 2013 and a true Overseas Fan of the Boston Red Sox living in the Netherlands. He's spent years on baseball fields around the world pitching. His weekends are now spent helping the next generations of pitchers to find their passion and love for the sport. More articles by Eric: https://www.redsoxlife.com/search/label/ericschabell