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Red Sox Game 17 reaction: BROCK HOLT

Highest WPA: BROCK HOLT, .415 (2-4, HR, 3 RBI)
Lowest WPA: Rick Porcello, -.253 (6+ IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 7 K, 2 BB, HR)

If there’s one kind of player that I really, really, really don’t like, it’s the shitty bench guy who has a good week or two and turns it into a hundred more plate appearances than he deserves. Usually this player is a middle infielder, though he can play anywhere–sometimes even competently. In recent years the roll has been filled by Jose Iglesias, Pedro Ciriaco…you know who I’m talking about. For the past two seasons now, that guy has been Brock Holt.

When guys like Brock Holt are going well, guys like Dave O’Brien can’t shut up about them. (“He always, ALWAYS gives you a quality at-bat.” – Dave O’Brien; “Very clutch.” – Joe Castiglione) When guys like Brock Holt start playing to their talent, by which I mean poorly, those same media types shift from how wonderful they are as players to how wonderful they are as people, or how they do so many little things that don’t show up in the stat sheet but help the team win.

Guys like Brock Holt are nice to have. In an age where teams are carrying twelve and even thirteen pitchers, having a guy on the bench who can play a bunch of positions and not be absolute trash with the bat is good. But guys like Brock Holt should not be playing every day. Brock Holt got almost 500 plate appearances last season, and the Red Sox were very bad last season. Those two facts are not entirely unrelated.

As he did last year, Brock Holt has gotten off to a very good start. Tonight, he hit a big home run that helped the Red Sox win. That’s wonderful. But please, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that he should be playing everyday. Brock Holt is not better at baseball than anyone in the Red Sox’ starting lineup (well, maybe Victorino, against righties, but defense…meh). He is a good bench guy. Don’t ask him to be anything more than that, and don’t ask the manager to treat him like anything more than that.

ALLEN CRAIG WATCH: Right before Holt hit his homer, Allen Craig had his only plate appearance. He hit a grounder to third, but Manny Machado committed the error that led to Brock’s bomb. So…thanks for that, Allen?

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