Rajai Davis: The Dave Roberts Effect

Way back in 2004, the Red Sox used a pinch runner in the ALCS game 4. The key highlight for the Los Angeles Dodgers manager would arise. Dave Roberts stole the key base to help win game four, and eventually the world series.

After gold glove caliber center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. got put on the 10 day Disabled list last week, the Sox pulled off a trade with the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Rajai Davis. They sent away outfield prospect, Rafael Rincones, who played for High-A Salem. The move gives the Sox much needed depth after the injury, and when the postseason rosters expand from 25 to 40.

Davis has speed, as he has snagged 26 stolen bases on the year. He was officially added to the major league roster as of last night, which is ironic because it was the final game in the series against the Cleveland Indians. As you may know, Davis was on their postseason team that lost to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. Davis tallied 4 stolen bases in last year’s postseason.

While his speed will help him be very dispensable, they could also use his bat. While him and bench outfielder Chris Young are both free agents after this season, he could easily become the fourth outfielder. In 196 at bats this season, Young is hitting .242 with 7 homers and 24 RBIs to go along with only 3 stolen bases. Davis provides security to a position that was once once thought to be jam packed. Not only was Young backing up Betts, Benintendi and Bradley, but utility man Brock Holt was backing up as well. However, he is having a struggling season since coming back from the DL with Vertigo.

With the exponential depth the team currently has, look out as a new threat from the American League has come to take the crown this October!


Photo Credits: San Francisco Chronicle



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