It’s been a rough start to the season for the Red Sox postseason hero.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. While it’s just a few weeks into the regular season, the Boston Red Sox performance has made the World Series championship feel like it was light-years ago.
As always, when a team struggles there is more than one player that can bear the blame. Jackie Bradley Jr. has been dismal, Chris Sale is 0-5, Rafael Devers can’t have a clean game, and Steve Pearce has fallen off a cliff at the plate. Manager Alex Cora has worked on giving players the appropriate help needed to find success, but it’s time for more to be done.
It’s far too early for the “DFA Steve Pearce” talk, but it’s certainly time for the World Series MVP to take a break.
Pearce missed the last few weeks of Spring Training with a calf injury, as well as the opening week of the regular season and it has shown at the plate. His timing has been drastically off, ultimately leading to a .103 batting average. The Red Sox fast-tracked Pearce to the Major League roster, skipping a rehab assignment at the early stages of the season, but it’s time to give him a chance to get collected.
As teams frequently do, the Red Sox should send Steve Pearce back to the “phantom IL” with a potential “calf aggravation.” He’s collected a mere one extra base hit, one RBI, and has struck out 17 times in 39 official AB’s. Yikes.
Additionally, the Red Sox expect Eduardo Nunez, Brock Holt, and Dustin Pedroia to be nearing returns to active roster which will force retroactive moves. Rather than sending Michael Chavis back to Pawtucket, the Sox could rather demote Tzu-Wei Lin and send Pearce to the Injured List for a couple of weeks.
Michael Chavis would be allowed to platoon with Mitch Moreland at first, or Rafael Devers at third, while keeping his bat in the lineup.
When a talented club is playing this poorly, adjustments need to be made. It’s time for Steve Pearce to take a break.