It’s no secret that Xander Bogaerts is in a bit of a slump.
The Boston Red Sox’s All-Star shortstop at one point this season was batting .359 around the quarter-way mark, and while that type of average is tough to sustain, he was hovering around the .330 mark for quite a while.
Then August rolled around and Bogaerts’ batting average fell off a cliff. In 16 games this month, the 23-year-old is hitting just .197 (13 for 66) and has as many strikeouts (13) as hits. That’s not very good.
Six of those hits have come in the last five games, though, and while his .257 batting average in those games still isn’t fantastic, it might be a step in the right direction.
NESN’s analysts took a look at what’s ailing Bogaerts on “Red Sox Gameday Live” before Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers. Check out their thoughts in the video above.
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