Xander Bogaerts isn’t exactly having a bad season.
The Red Sox’s 23-year-old All-Star shortstop entered Sunday’s matinee against the Oakland Athletics batting .307 with 17 home runs and 79 RBI primarily out of the Nos. 2 and 3 spots in Boston’s lineup. But until about a week ago, Bogaerts was mired in a slump: Since a 13-game hitting streak ended Aug. 1, he’s batting just .230 with three times as many strikeouts (28) as walks (9).
Despite those struggles, though, Bogaerts still has been a positive and productive member of the Red Sox’s lineup, contributing immensely with his defense and heads-up baserunning skills.
As NESN’s Jim Rice pointed out on “Red Sox Gameday Live,” those skills and the intangibles — like Bogaerts’ attitude — that he brings to the table still help make his teammates better and has contributed to Boston’s winning ways.
Check out Rice’s comments in the video above.
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