Losing Pablo Sandoval’s bat last Tuesday was a big blow to the Boston Red Sox’s offense.
The Sox’s prized third baseman still hasn’t returned to the starting lineup since taking a pitch off the knee, but he managed to drive in a run pinch-hitting for Brock Holt as part of Boston’s three-run, eighth-inning rally.
Questions about Sandoval’s switch-hitting effectiveness likely will fire up again when he returns to the lineup full-time. Sandoval insists he’ll continue to switch-hit, despite having only two hits (2-for-41, .049 batting average) from the right side of the plate this season. But those supporting Sandoval abandoning the right side of the plate gained a talking point Sunday.
In that pinch-hitting appearance, Sandoval did something he’s only done four other times in his major league career — bat left-handed against a left-handed pitcher. It worked out, much like the rest of Sandoval’s other 97 at-bats from the left side of the plate this season. Batting lefty, Panda is hitting .361, including all five of his home runs and 15 of his 16 RBI.
Watch NESN’s studio team break down the merits of Sandoval’s presence in the lineup in the video above.
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