As the Boston Red Sox are starting to get things going, they luckily have the help of a new face, Tzu Wei Lin. The Double-A prospect was just called up. Boston has had deep troubles in their third base slot. They have used over five different players at third base, and that is where Lin comes in.
They might be hoping Lin can solve that problem for them. Lin might not exactly be a household name, but he is working on it. The Red Sox need somebody to play third base at a big league level.
Yesterday he made an appearance for the Boston Red Sox. The Seadogs infielder got to start at third for Boston yesterday according to the Boston Herald. It was a well-deserved honor for Lin. Through six seasons in the minors, he is only posting a .241 batting average.
This season is different from his previous five, he is posting a .302 batting average. It has been a breakout season for Lin, and it earned him the call up. On Monday night he became the sixth different player to start at third base for the Red Sox.
It marked his first major league start. It might not be his last either. The other players that Boston has used in the third base slot including Deven Marrero, and Pabo Sandoval, who started in 25 games each, Josh Rutledge 15 games, Marco Hernandez nine and Brock Holt one. All except one have made their way to the injury list.
Aside from Lin, Marrero is the only other player available. Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell chose Lin over Marrero for a reason. Farrell believed yesterday Lin, as a left hander, would make a better match, and he might have been correct.
In his first career at-bat, Lin spoke with action. He reached base with a single. Lin has spent most of his career playing shortstop, but he got the play a different role yesterday, and he did it well.
By the end of the game, there was a positive result for the Red Sox. They defeated the Minnesota Twins 1-4. Boston left the Twins to three runs unanswered for as they handed them their 35th loss of the year.
On the other hand the Red Sox improved to 42-34 on the season. They are fighting for first place. Right now the Yankees lead the AL East with a record of 41-33. Their place in the standings is on pace to change real soon if the Red Sox keep playing like they have been.
Boston might be losing games, but they have been scoring runs, which is something new for them. They have dropped three of their past five. They still somehow outscored their opponents 22-21. Pitching has been the main issue for the Red Sox as of late. Boston is crossing their fingers that they can take first place of the division in their home series against the Twins. There are three games remaining.
Can the Red Sox take first place this week? Will Lin become a familiar face on the Red Sox roster? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod
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