Chris Young probably could have been an everyday outfielder on a different team, but he’ll still get plenty of reps in with the Boston Red Sox.
In fact, manager John Farrell plans to have the 32-year-old in the starting lineup every time the Red Sox face a left-handed starting pitcher. While the decision isn’t necessarily surprising, Farrell made it more or less official to reporters in Fort Myers, Fla., on Sunday.
“He’s going to get every left-handed pitcher we see,” Farrell said. “Every left-handed starter. In fairness to Chris, there’s got to be some at-bats against right-handers along the way to keep some timing. But it’s clear his strength is against left-handed pitching. We’re also about what’s the best combination on the field, what’s the best lineup to attack that starter any given day.”
Young performs significantly better against lefties than he does against righties, posting a .327 average (50-for-153) and .972 OPS with seven home runs and 24 RBIs against southpaws last season with the New York Yankees. But while Farrell doesn’t yet know who’ll be sitting when Young is in the lineup, he does know he wants to keep Mookie Betts in right field if it’s Jackie Bradley Jr. or Rusney Castillo on the bench.
“To say who’s going to sit, who’s not, that’s — we’ll get to that point,” Farrell said. “I would prefer to stay away from bouncing Mookie back and forth. That could have Chris Young in center field.”
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Thumbnail photo via New York Yankees right fielder Chris Young rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Yankee Stadium.