BOSTON - The Red Sox aren’t hitting for power as much as they’re expected to and they’re striking out less than anyone. Far less. So, maybe they should just swing harder? It’s not that simple, considering they have the second-best batting average in the majors, .271, and the third-best on-base percentage, .342. Entering Thursday, the Sox had 300 strikeouts, 34 fewer than the 29th team on the list, the Mets. (The Mets have also played 34 games, while the Sox have already played 36.) In April, when this trend was already evident, Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis was asked if the lack of strikeouts were by design. “I don’t think it’s purposeful,” Davis said. “But that can be a good thing
Based on what happened before Wednesday's game, it appears the team's management is not letting Terry Collins talk to reporters about player injuries. Collins was more or less vague Wednesday when asked about Jay Bruce, who was out of the starting lineup due to a back issue that pulled him from a game the night before. "I'm not at liberty to discuss the injury situation," Collins said, sounding slightly frustrated after being asked if Bruce would be able to play Thursday. Similarly, Collins would not give a timetable for Yoenis Cespedes (strained hamstring), who will reportedly soon start a rehab assignment. When asked about Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb), Collins said he might play an unusual six-to-10
The Mets announced on Wednesday that catcher Travis d'Arnaud has been activated from the 10-day disabled list and pitcher Tommy Milone has been placed on the 10-day DL. The Mets’ backstop appeared to have suffered the injury in mid-April when he accidentally hit his hand on the bat of the opposing hitter when he was making a throw. Milone, 30, made three mostly forgettable starts for the Mets, yielding 15 runs (14 earned) on 19 hits and seven walks with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.