It’s not just that the Boston Red Sox’s offense is full of holes right now. It’s that opposing teams know how to exploit those holes.
Former Sox outfielder and NESN analyst Steve Lyons said that Boston’s biggest problem is that there are “automatic outs” in the lineup. Those players aren’t necessarily bad hitters, but they simply have one glaring weakness that pitchers and defenses can capitalize on.
Whether it’s David Ortiz’s habit of hitting into the defensive shift or Xander Bogaerts’ seeming inability to hit breaking balls, the kinks need to be smoothed out if the Sox want their 2013 offense back.s
Check out more analysis from Lyons, Tom Caron, and Tim Wakefield in the video above.