• Philip

Bobby D Has Been on Fire

The Red Sox have been struggling mightily since the All-Star Break. They currently sit 10 games out of first place, and half a game behind the Yankees for the first Wild Card spot. The team has been struggling in all aspects, from the starting pitching, to the bullpen, to the lineup.

One player who has not been struggling at all, however, is Bobby Dalbec. The first baseman came into the season with high expectations after a productive audition in 2020, but struggled to start the season. Through the end of July, Dalbec was hitting just .216/.260/.399/.659 with 11 home runs in 85 games. Many fans had worried about Dalbec’s potential to strike out a massive amount, and up till that point in the season he had done nothing to calm those worries, striking out 111 times with only 13 walks.

There was talk of Dalbec being traded, or sent down. Many lost faith that he would have any future with the team. And then Bobby D caught fire.

Since the start of August, Dalbec has hit .341/.432/.768/1.200 with 9 homers in 30 games. He’s walked 11 times and only struck out 24 in this stretch. His season slash now sits at .244/.302/.483/.785 with 20 home runs. That is perfectly respectable, and has the potential to actually be good by the end of the season.

Dalbec got called up in 2020 and went on a tea, hitting a homer nearly every other game. He entered 2021 as the starting first baseman, and was absolutely awful for several months. Recently, however, he seems to have really turned it around. He’s been one of the few Red Sox players contributing consistently over the past month, and is once again seen as a potential part of the team’s future. He may not have helped Boston win much until August, but now he’s looking like one of the most important pieces in a close Wild Card race.