MLB fans saw a different side of Xander Bogaerts during the Boston Red Sox's 15-10 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. The normally calm and collected shortstop was ejected in the fourth inning after arguing a strikeout call with home plate umpire Todd Tichenor.
After the game, Bogaerts told reporters that his rare outburst had a lot to do with the frustration he's felt lately. The 29-year-old is in the middle of a slump that's been getting the best of him mentally, citing that as the reason why he "just kind of lost it there for a minute."
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Bogaerts' outburst happened when he had a 2-2 count and Tichenor called a low pitch as a strike. The four-time MLB All-Star immediately got in the umpire's face to argue the decision, resulting in Red Sox manager Alex Cora needing to get in between the two.
While Bogaerts is batting .303 on the year, he hasn't been nearly as consistent in recent weeks. The Oranjestad, Aruba native is batting just .195 over his last 11 games, tallying two RBIs on eight hits and seven strikeouts over his last 41 at-bats.
The silver lining to the situation is that Bogaerts did say that "it felt pretty OK just getting everything out" after his outburst. Bottling things up is never healthy, so perhaps he can get back to his old self now that he had the unorthodox therapeutic experience.
Nevertheless, the Red Sox desperately need Bogaerts to return to form if they want to erase a five-game deficit separating them from the final AL wild card spot.
Red Sox Odds
Even if Bogaerts bounces back, things don't look good for the Red Sox. FanDuel Sportsbook is only giving them +1200 odds to make the MLB playoffs, which translates to an implied probability of just 7.7%.
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