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Stephen Drew ends hitless drought after 29 at-bats

Jun 27, 2014, 9:16 PM EDT

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Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew entered Friday’s game against the Yankees mired in an 0-for-27 slump, having notched his last hit on June 17 with a second-inning double off of Twins starter Phil Hughes. Drew went hitless in his first two at-bats, butĀ hit a ground-rule double to left field in the seventh inning against reliever Dellin Betances, ending the hitless drought after 29 at-bats.

During the drought, Drew reached base only once on an error. He was not able to work a walk or even get hit by a pitch.

Drew, signed by the Red Sox to a prorated one-year, $14.1 million deal on May 20, is slashing a putridĀ .135/.167/.192 in 54 plate appearances since making his season debut on June 2.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Thus begins another streak for him.

    Again, great great decision on that signing guys.

    • dan1111 - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      I continue to be mystified by the vitriol directed by Sox fans at Drew, who was one of the most valuable shortstops in the league last year. Yeah, I know he stunk in the playoffs, but given that we won, I would think people could get over that.

      (I am not objecting to the argument that signing him this year was a bad idea given the young players on the team, which is a reasonable point. Just the general attitude that Drew is horrible.)

  2. slaugin - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    I can’t thing of a more counter productive signing in my 25 years of following this team. Worst 10 million dollar investment. EVER.

    • DavieO - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      I’ll cut them some slack on this one, didn’t know that Holt was going to turn out like he did. Had they known, I doubt they would have signed Drew and would have kept Bogaerts and Holt on the left side of the infield.

      • Reflex - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:34 AM

        To be fair, Holt still hasn’t proven anything. There is nothing in his track record to suggest that this is anything other than an anomaly for him.

        That said, I’m still having difficulty believing Kyle Seager is for real, he came out of nowhere as well and seems to be keeping it going somehow…

    • dan1111 - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:18 AM

      Most counterproductive signing in 25 years? If only. At most, he is the third worst shortstop signing they have made in the last ten years, behind Julio Lugo and Edgar Renteria.

      Never mind other failed contracts like Matt Clement, Mike Cameron, Carl Crawford, and–of course–Daisuke Matsuzaka.

      Plus, we are talking about a 15 game sample size here. I agree the signing didn’t make a lot of sense given their personnel, but there is little reason to expect Drew to be horrible for the rest of the season.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        With their track record of overpaying for over-hyped shortstops you’d think it’d be a great idea to keep a solid offensive shortstop prospect….you know….at short.

  3. wilmyers09 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    drew sucks

  4. DavieO - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Trade him while his stock is high!!!

  5. tfbuckfutter - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Good work gentlemen.

    3 hits on a guy with an ERA of 5 and a half.

    This season is hysterically terrible.

    • bigharold - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:12 AM

      This is the RS season very one expected last year.

      Sure, there’s still a lot of season left but clearly the Baseball Gods aren’t giving the RS the same slack they gave them last year. If Buckholz isn’t able to contribute things could get worse in a hurry.

  6. onbucky96 - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    I’m no fan of the Drew family and their injuries. But let’s be honest America, this isn’t about Steven. It’s about his agent, Scott Boras. Mystery teams, Steak, those stupid books, and pimping players to the highest bidder. Ex., Prince Fielder, Jason Werth, Alex Rodriguez, etc.

    • dan1111 - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:51 AM

      I’m not defending Boras’ tactics, but I’d rather that money go to the players than the owners.

    • DavieO - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      And you forgot the obvious on that Boras hold GM’s families hostage in the basement of his home until they sign these players because it is the only reason teams would sign them right??? Guys like Boras are athletes dreams, even if they don’t have him for an agent, because he convinces teams to pay more for guys then they are worth which in turn raises salaries across the board. And, from what I understand, he treats his clients very fairly and gets as much money for the as possible.

  7. sportsfan18 - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    it’s OK folks… he’s still in spring training for him… bout another 8 to 10 games and he’ll really be ready to begin the season…

  8. garybrian - Jun 28, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Money well spent? I think not!!

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