Boston Red Sox super utility man Brock Holt hasn’t been 100% and has needed a replacement until he’s back up to par – Tzu-Wei Lin has filled the spot admirably
The Red Sox relied heavily on Brock Holt in the past to be their man if someone in the line up needed a day off. Minus the catcher or a pitcher, Holt could do it all. Unfortunately due to a concussion and lingering vertigo symptoms, he hasn’t been able to play in Boston much this season. Tzu-Wei Lin got the call from Portland and has done a great job playing multiple positions.
Lin can play 2nd base, 3rd base, and shortstop. If you asked him to play the outfield, I’m sure he’d just at the opportunity just to get the chance to play. He’s got heard and has already put together a couple of nice games. Lin originally signed a contract to come play for the Yankees when he was 16 years old but due to a few issues did not end up signing with the team, opting to stay within his home country.
In Taiwan, had he left before he graduated high school, Lin would have been barred from playing or coaching in his home country ever again. After finishing up school, Lin signed with the Red Sox in 2012. After 5+ years in the minors, Lin finally got the call to play for the squad in Boston. Lin made his debut on June 24th 2017 at 23 years old.
Holt so far in 2017 has gone just 2 for 15 with a .133 average and one RBI. Lin in contrary has gone 9 for 27 with two RBI’s. Holt has also struck out in seven of his 15 at bats where Lin has struck out in just eight of his 27 at bats.
He’s had a couple of three hit games in July so far. His first three hit game was against Toronto in a 15 – 1 routing of the team and then two days later, he did it again against Texas when the Sox won 11 – 4. Lin recorded his first two career RBI’s and also stole a base marking another career milestone. While the power isn’t there, the ability to maintain a good average is definitely a realistic possibility.
Lin won’t be headed to Pawtucket or Portland as long as he hits like this. It’s unrealistic to assume that he’ll keep a .333 batting average right now but Sox fans will rejoice when he goes yard for the first time. Most importantly, the Sox have gone 8 – 4 since Lin has joined the team and the Sox utility man has not committed a single error for Boston.
Fans have got to wonder what’s in store for the future as no one wants to see any changes happen in Boston so long as the team is winning and I’d much rather have a Lin or Deven Marrero 3rd base than a Pablo Sandoval and anyone else manning the hot corner. Things are finally starting to shape up for the Sox and players are finding themselves and their new collective identity.
Going into the All Star Break, this is just what the team needed. The Sox carry a four game lead against their division rivals in the Bronx. Boston will now face off against the Rays for four games before the mid summer classic festivities take place in Miami. The Sox will then host the Yankees for four games once the second half of the season begins.
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