The Boston Red Sox’s lineup is intimidating from top to bottom, but what they’re doing out of the No. 9 spot in the order actually is better than any team in Major League Baseball.
While the last batter typically is a team’s worst hitter, the Red Sox’s definition of “worst hitter” just happens to be great. And with Andrew Benintendi becoming the latest player to slot into Boston’s No. 9 spot, that fact still remains true. Boston’s ninth hitters have accumulated a .286 average and .782 OPS, both the best in baseball and well above the league’s .208 and .574 averages.
Red Sox manager John Farrell talked about this Sunday before Boston’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Fenway Park. Check out what he said on “Red Sox First Pitch” in the video above.
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