By: Jake Perda
Although he has only played 11 games as a Major Leaguer, it’s been a pretty damn impressive 11 games for Tzu-Wei Lin. Since being called up straight from Double-A Portland à la Andrew Benintendi, Lin has provided Red Sox fans with a reason to believe that we might have a viable 3rd base option in the organization not named Devers or Chavis. With Brock Holt and Pablo Sandoval both in the process of rehab assignments, it may seem like the most logical decision to send Lin back down to the minors, but when you look at the numbers, it makes far more sense to ride Lin ‘til the wheels fall off.
Again, I know it’s a small sample size. But Tzu-Wei Lin has hit .333 with a .901 OPS and has not committed an error in the 11 games that he’s played since being called up. I love to see how Lin has taken advantage of the opportunity he’s been given, and I don’t think it’d be fair to take him out of the lineup if he continues to produce. Obviously hitting .333 isn’t sustainable for Lin, but if he can even hit .280 and spark the offense from the bottom of the lineup, that’s far better than anything that Pablo Sandoval can do for them.
As far as the return of Brock Holt, I’ve always said that you diminish his value by keeping him at one position everyday. He needs to be moving around the diamond giving his teammates, such as Mitch Moreland, a needed day off. While Brock does this, Tzu-Wei will be holding it down at the hot corner day in and day out.
The only problem with this plan is figuring out what to do with the waste of a roster spot that is Pablo Sandoval. As I’ve said before, he needs to be released. He adds no value to the Major League team; thus, there’s no logical explanation for keeping him around. Yes, it’s going to hurt to pay someone who doesn’t play for your team $17 million per year, but it’s a better option than losing the trust of your fans while cheating your players of their best chance to win a championship.
If for no other reason, Tzu-Wei Lin deserves the starting third base job (permitting he is able to perform somewhat consistently) solely based on his nickname alone. No, I’m not talking about the cringeworthy regurgitation of “Linsanity”. I’m talking about the “Tzunami”. Tzunami will be taking the league by storm; bunt-single by bunt-single and three-hit game by three-hit game. Tzu-Wei Lin will be the replacement of Pablo Sandoval temporarily, but the Tzunami will be the end of the Kung Fu Panda forever. The Panda will drown, and the Tzumani will conquer.
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