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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Red Sox Notebook: Danny Santana gets another start at first base, struggling Bobby Dalbeck on the bench

With over half a season in the books, Bobby Dalbeco It seems to have fallen out of favor.

Red Sox Manager alex kora started Danny Santana At first base again on Tuesday, his second consecutive start since being called back from a rehab assignment on Monday. before that, Christian Arroyo Started at first base on Sunday before going down with a hamstring injury.

Asked if Sox Santana and Dalbek are going ahead, Cora said, “I’m not going there. We’ll match it.”

After starting 21 of the Sox’s 28 games (75%) in June, Dalbec has started only eight of the Red Sox’s 15 games (53%) in July.

“We believe some matchups are good for Danny,” Cora said. “The quality of the at-bats (Monday) was solid. He feels good about himself physically. He is in a good position for swing. He seems to have been progressing before the injury, not too many swings and misses. He was hitting the ball hard.

“We’ll keep Michael (chaviso) and Bobby is involved, but Danny, he’s a guy, can hit the ball in the air when he gets on the roll, he can hit it, he goes the other way. So we will take it day by day.”

There is no doubt that Dalbeck has had a disappointing season.

He showed consistent power in a 23-game sample last fall, and again this spring in Grapefruit League action. But with a regular season of nearly four months in the books, Dalbec is hitting just .216 with .659 OPS. He has 10 home runs in 266 plate appearances and 12 runs to go with 99 strikes.

Out of 182 players with at least 250 plate appearances, he is ranked 181st with a strike rate of 37%. His 0.12 walk-to-strikeout is in 180th place.

“One thing I didn’t expect was the strikeout-to-walk ratio,” Cora said. “I trust this guy, he understands the strike zone. He wasn’t going to chase pitches, he was going to run more. The swing and miss we knew was part of the equation, but plate discipline Was also.

“Not much walking lately, right? I don’t think he’s run in the month of July, and he only had three in June. So that part shocked me, because I believe this guy strikes.” Joan knows and can walk.

Cooling off the hype on Duran

three games in Jaren DuranK’s career and the Red Sox have been affected, but Cora warns of the hype to cool.

“I saw it this year at the winter ball back home when he went down (in Puerto Rico) and played for Caguas,” Cora said. “I told the story to these guys a few days ago, on opening day, in a foreign country, with no fans in the middle of a pandemic, in a 9-0 game, on his second bat he hits a groundball short. And he ran like 4.0-flat before. I had to turn off the TV and say, ‘You know, this kid, he got it.’ We had some conversation. He had come to our neighborhood for dinner. He receives it.

“To go to Yankee Stadium and bat well, he’s part of who he is. He’s not going to deviate from who he is. He’ll be there every day. One thing we have to keep in mind is to put this kid on a pedestal Don’t sit down and suddenly call him Johnny Damon’s Second Coming or something like that. We have to take care of him. Obviously, there will be publicity, but at the same time, we’ll keep him humble. I don’t think it will be difficult to keep him humble, because he He’s a workaholic. He understands that he’s here to help us win games, not to establish ourselves at the big league level. And that’s a good thing.”

Verdugo ready to exit

alex verdugoA hamstring injury has held him back several times this year, but Cora thinks Verdugo is about to recover from the slump.

He made three rounds on Monday and “he’s getting closer,” said the manager. “He doesn’t shy away from flying. Because when you start dominating the strike zone like he did (Monday), good things are going to happen.”

hitting coach Tim Hires Said teams have stopped throwing fastballs to him in the zone and Verdugo may have adjusted more.

“The left wingers have thrown him a lot of two-seamers down and in and he’s hit a lot of ground balls,” Hires said. “And then they have faded away. I think it is also just a young player. There are times when you are going to struggle. He is going through some phases right now where you have to adjust.

“The other thing is not trying and trying to get three hits on one bat. He’s been prone to do that and we’ve talked about it. Just coming back to what he does best. He has to use the entire region, be it the Left or the Right. Probably hitting the ball too much on the ground towards the bridge, which is unusual for him. ”

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