Brennan Boesch: Detroit Tigers RF Earns AL Worst of the Night Honors
Detroit Tigers right fielder Brennan Boesch is not having a good season, but he finally outdid himself on Wednesday night in the Tigers' 9-6 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
It's not so much that Boesch went 0-for-4 at the plate with a runner left on base. He's done that a lot this season. In fact, per Baseball-Reference.com, Boesch has already gone 0-fer at the plate 19 times this season.
Take note, kids. That's how you come to have a .222 batting average, which is to say nothing of Boesch's dismal .257 on-base percentage.
The 0-fer was bad, but Boesch also killed the Tigers in the field.
In the first inning, Boesch had a chance to kill a rally when Carlos Santana lofted a fly ball his direction with two men out. Boesch came in and appeared to have a beat on the ball, but totally biffed it when it was time to make the catch.
Max Scherzer should have been out of the inning. Instead, he was forced to pitch to Michael Brantley with runners on first and third.
Sure enough, Brantley smacked a three-run homer to right field to give the Tribe a quick 3-0 lead.
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Granted, Scherzer has served up quite a few long balls this season, but one can't help but imagine him thinking "Thanks a lot, Boesch" to himself. If he actually did, he was right to do so.
The Tigers would end up rallying later in the game, but they couldn't conjure enough offense to overcome the nine-spot the Indians put on the scoreboard. They ended up losing by three runs.
If only Boesch had snared that fly ball...
So it goes for Boesch. He's not getting it done at the plate this season, and him not getting it done in the field is just as big of a problem. According to FanGraphs, Boesch has a -9.3 UZR and -7 defensive runs saved, making him one of the worst defensive outfielders in baseball.
That's not all. Boesch's WAR for the season is -1.4, lowest among all qualified position players.
In other words, he is statistically the worst player in baseball right now.
This is not to say that Boesch is the sole reason the Tigers have underachieved so badly this season, but he's definitely not helping. With Austin Jackson on the comeback trail and Quintin Berry playing so well since his call-up, my hunch is that Boesch will not be in the starting lineup for long.
If so, well, we should all remember Boesch as he should be remembered. In an effort to help burn him into everyone's memory, I am hereby bestowing American League "Worst of the Night" honors on him.
It's kinda like a scarlet letter, expect it reads "ALWotN."
So the next time you come across Boesch, just call him Mr. Al-wotten. 'Tis a strangely suitable nickname.
If you ever want to nominate somebody for American League "Worst of the Night" honors, hit me up on Twitter.
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