The Chicago White Sox travel to take on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park for a four-game series starting Monday night.
Southside Showdown recently asked Sean Sylver, editor of BoSox Injection, a FanSided site about the Boston Red Sox, five questions about the upcoming four-game set.
Here are his answers.
1. What do you think is the biggest reason the Red Sox have had such a fall in 2014? Do you think they can rally back to the top of the AL East standings being 8.0 games back headed into Sunday’s games?
I’m one of the most optimistic fans out there, but there are only so many times you can watch a team struggle with the same aspects of the game over and over and expect a magical turnaround. 2013 was a gift for Red Sox fans.
Expectations were not high, yet the team succeeded with a mix of good health and players doing exactly what they were paid to do, sometimes more. This year, they’ve struggled to get those key hits and clutch pitching performances, and they haven’t been healthy. I don’t have high hopes.
2. What are your thoughts on rookie third baseman Brock Holt? Do you believe he can keep up the pace he is currently on for the remainder of the season?
I wish Brock Holt’s performance so far could be described as infectious, but really he’s been in quarantine – many nights it seems like he’s the only one hitting.
He’s benefited from a healthy BABIP thus far, but he was a .300 hitter in the minors, so it’s not way off course to suggest he could stay north of that number. I’ve heard some Bill Mueller comps, and that would be great. Mueller wasn’t a big power hitter, either, and he had a productive Major League career.