Brock Holt on MFB: ‘We’re just not being consistent enough to get it done’

June 16, 2014 - 10:11 am
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Red Sox infielder/outfielder Brock Holt joined Middays with MFB on Monday to discuss his versatility and what has been a trying season so far for Boston. To listen to the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. Holt has served as the Swiss army knife of the Red Sox in 2014, seeing games at third base, first base, left field and right field through 35 games this season. While Holt has performed well in the field at every new position that he's taken, he admitted that making the switch to first base was a big test. "I think first base was the biggest [challenge] because as an infielder, you'€™re not used to having to go cover first base every time and making sure you'€™re there," Holt said, adding: "€œThird base wasn't as much of an adjustment ... [For] outfield, you've just got to go out there and try to catch the balls that you'€™re supposed to catch." The Red Sox have yet to break out of their season-long malaise, as the team sits nine games behind first-place Toronto in the AL East standings with a 31-38 record. Boston has constantly shot itself in the foot this year, batting .240 with runners in scoring position while grounding into 66 double plays --€“ the second-highest total in baseball. "That'€™s the main thing right now, it'€™s just getting that consistency," Holt said. "Whether it be our starting pitching going out and throwing like [Jon] Lester did the other night or [John] Lackey. We've got guys that obviously want to win, and that have won in the past. We know what it takes to do that. We'€™re just not being consistent enough to get it done." Holt added: "It seems like we'€™re not getting the big hit when we need it and it seems like every time we need a big hit and we don'€™t get it, the next inning, they get the hit. It'€™s just one of those things right now that we'€™ll snap out of and we'€™ll start swinging the bats better and start getting those big hits more often." While Holt has seemingly played all over the field this season, the shift to multiple positions has not cooled his bat, as the Texas native is batting .343 since taking over the leadoff spot on May 23. "œI think I just try to separate the two," Holt said. "€œI'€™m going to be the same hitter, regardless of what position I'€™m playing. ... I'€™m not going to be a power hitter like most first baseman. I'€™m not going to change my approach at the plate. I'€™m going to take my at-bats like I would any other time." For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.
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