Nava, who wasn’t even on the Red Sox roster entering spring training, has been quite the surprise since injuries have devastated the Red Sox outfield. Best remembered for hitting a grand slam on the first pitch of his first major league at bat in 2010, Nava has been raking ever since joining the big league club. Through 99 plate appearances, he has a .303/.444/.513 slash. Over the past 6 games, he has 5 doubles and a 1.072 OPS. His performance has helped to weather the injury bug.
Much like Nava, Podsednik has done a bang-up job in place of the numerous injured outfielders. In 9 games played since May 22, Scotty P has hit .370 and stolen 3 bases. He has also played an adequate center field on defense as well. His wOBA is over 100 points higher than his career average so it is inevitable that he will come back to earth soon, but his performance thus far lands him on the ‘hot’ list. (more…)