Biggest Red Sox bats down the stretch

Biggest Red Sox bats down the stretch
August 19, 2013, 10:30 pm
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The Red Sox are hitting the stretch run in a tight American League East race, and the members of The Show took a look at who the biggest Red Sox bats will be down the stretch.

Marc Bertrand went the mainstream route with David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury, while Alex Speier went with Xander Bogaerts, Mike Napoli and Will Middlebrooks.

Ellsbury, according to Bertrand, will be the Sox' most important bat down the stretch.

"He historically finishes strong," Bertrand said of Ellsbury. "The best month of his career historically has been September in the beginning of October when we're talking regular season."

Speier, on the other hand, went with Middlebrooks because of his potential to be that No. 5, right-handed hitter in the order.

"To me, they need to figure out who's going to be the No. 5 hitter, they need to find that right-handed bat to give some protection to the major league leader in intentional walks, who is David Ortiz," Speier said. "So to me, the guy I'm interested in seeing is Will Middlebrooks. He's come back, he's been extremely hot since he's come back, some of it a little Jose Iglesias-like, but all of a sudden on Sunday night you saw him whack that home run to right-center, you him pull a double down the left field line.

"To me, Middlebrooks is the guy that has life in his bat, has a track record, more so than Bogaerts even, who gives a chance to change the complexion of the order."