Dustin Pedroia is best suited in the second spot of the order and has been feeling the effects of losing Jacoby Ellsbury as the team’s leadoff hitter.
He’s currently hitting .236/.236/.291 with no home runs and one RBI.
To add injury to insult, he was scratched from Sunday’s series finale against the Yankees because of a sore left wrist, which will be examined on Monday, according to ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes.
As long as he’s deemed healthy and doesn’t miss a significant chunk of time, there shouldn’t be any panic. He’s a .301 career hitter over his nine-year MLB career—the hits will come.
Outside of Ellsbury’s absence, the lineup as a whole isn’t nearly as deep as it was last year. Stephen Drew not being around is important to point out, even though Bogaerts is holding his own at shortstop.
Nava and Gomes are also not hitting. With Victorino and Middlebrooks on the DL, there is a lot of pressure on Pedroia, Mike Napoli and David Ortiz to produce.
Farrell tried moving Pedroia to the leadoff spot on Saturday to help him relax and focus on just reaching base by not expanding his strike zone too much.
NESN.com’s Ricky Doyle captured part of what Farrell is thinking:
There’s an aggressiveness that maybe we typically don’t see from (Pedroia). So again the focus would be just, ‘Don’t worry about driving the baseball. Just go up and take your normal at-bat.’
Pedroia went 1-for-5 with one strikeout in a 7-4 loss.
Before he can get back on track, he’ll have to find out whether he’s healthy enough to keep getting put into the lineup.
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