John Farrell should rethink his lineup, especially vs. left-handed starters. Young typically mashes lefties but he has struggled against southpaws this year. The Red Sox now are 14-15 vs. left-handed starters.
The right-handed hitting Young is 16-for-81 (.198) with a .309 on-base percentage, .284 slugging percentage, one homer, two doubles, one triple and four RBIs vs. lefties. He has had reverse-splits (handling righties better than lefties).
Farrell has started Young five times in the fifth spot of the batting order vs. left-handed starters this month: twice vs. Yankees’ Jordan Montgomery, once vs. New York’s Jaime Garcia, once vs. Yankees’ CC Sabathia and once vs. Orioles’ Wade Miley.
In those five games, Young went a combined 0-for-12 with three walks and four strikeouts.
“At this point, I haven’t thought much about how we’re gonna adjust things,” Farrell said. “We’re in the final 30-plus games. We’ve got a tough row to hoe ahead of us. And you look at all means to put together a combination that’s going to be successful.
“We know that Chris has had some different issues this year vs. left-handers. Sometimes it’s the outliner where splits become reversed as they are this year for him. More than anything, we’ve got to go out and continue to stick together as we do and we’ll get through this tough patch. It’s a pitch at a time to turn this ship around, to turn it around.”
If the Red Sox stick with Young, which they have to do right now, why not move him down to seventh or eighth in the order? Take some stress off him down lower in the lineup. Just don’t keep him at fifth where he’s likely to get more opportunities with men on base like he did here Sunday.
Bryce Brentz, a right-handed who has mashed lefties with Triple-A Pawtucket, likely will be added to the 40-man roster and promoted as a September call-up.
Hanley Ramirez, meanwhile, continues to struggle as the cleanup hitter. In 36 games during the second half, Ramirez has gone 29-for-138 (.210) with a .301 on-base percentage, .384 slugging percentage, six doubles, six homers and 15 RBIs.