Fantasy baseball owners have had their fill of struggling Boston Red Sox outfielders to this point.
Hopefully the return of Shane Victorino will be different.
Victorino has been activated off the 15-day disabled list, out since the end of spring training with a strained right hamstring, and will make his season debut Thursday against the New York Yankees.
Someone has to hit in the Boston outfield, right?
Boston entered Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees with Grady Sizemore hitting .213 and on a 0-for-13 streak, Jackie Bradley Jr. hitting .228, Mike Carp at .250 (but on an 0-for-7 skid), and Gomes at .213 (.150 vs. lefties).
The outfielders had hit for a combined .209 average with six homers and 24 RBIs. Their left fielders ranked 27th in baseball with a .200 average, two homers, and 11 RBIs. Center fielder had a .225 average, one homer, and five RBIs. Right fielders had a .205 average with three homers and eight RBIs.
The Gomes-Daniel Nava platoon that saw them drive in over 100 runs a season ago has already resulted in Nava being sent back to the minors.
Victorino is in the lineup, batting second against Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia, who has given up four or more runs in three of his first four starts.
Victorino is worth being in your lineup right away as could be a shot in the arm for the Red Sox.
He posted a .294/.351/.451 line a season ago with 15 homers, 61 RBI and 21 steals.