Mike Carp, the 28 year old left fielder and first baseman for the Red Sox, has had a fantastic return to the game this week.
And to be fair, with career stats like his, I guess we all shouldn’t be so surprised. He was a ninth round selection for the Mets in the 2004 drafting, hit 19 home runs out of 313 bats in 2005, then won the Mets’ Sterling Award in 2006 for being the organization player of the year. 2007 was a tough year plagued by injuries, but 2008 he came back strong, setting career highs in average, on-base percentage, OPS, doubles, homers, and walks. For that season, Carp hit .299/.403/.471/.874 (143 for 478, 67 runs, 29 2b, 3b, 17 HR, 72 RBI, 79/88 BB/K.
2009 – 2011 were all good years for Carp, making his major league debut, getting called up several times at critical points, and then being traded to the Red Sox in 2013. It was a lucky trade for the Sox, as Carp hit a go-ahead grand slam which won us a crucial game. He’s continued to be a ballast of the team.
So after spending over a month on the disabled list with a broken left foot, he was finally re-activated this week for the game with the Chicago White Sox. He delivered a pinch-hit single in David Ross’ place in the 10th innings, pushing the Red Sox over the line to beat Chicago 4-3.
Mike’s blaze of glory could really not have come at a better time. The Red Sox have been floundering all season – we won the World Championships last year, but it’s really all been downhill from there, to being in last place in AL East.
This win means we’ll be able to head out to Houston for the three-game series. If we can pull it together for those games, then we could potentially have a shot at making it to the All Stars this year. Time will tell.