Call it “The Curse of Orlando Cabrera.”
Ever since the Boston Red Sox opted not to sign the slick-fielding, clutch-hitting Cabrera following their World Series triumph in 2004, the team has gone through a revolving door of shortstops. Sometimes they’ve gone with glove men like Alex Gonzalez (2006). Other times they’ve opted for guys with offensive reputations like Julio Lugo (2007-08). But nothing has stuck.
Mike Aviles might be the answer to this quandary that has gone on for nearly a decade.
Through 16 games, Aviles is hitting .328 with four home runs, 13 RBIs and a team-leading 14 runs. He’s been particularly strong while filling in for the injured Jacoby Ellsbury in the leadoff spot, during which time his average has risen over 30 points.
Is this just a hot streak or can Aviles keep this up and make Boston fans forget an already forgettable cast of former shortstops from the past seven seasons? There are legitimate reasons to believe that the latter is possible.