Red Sox third base coach catching heat after awful decision to send Christian Vazquez

Boston Red Sox third base coach Carlos Febles is catching heat for sending Christian Vazquez home on a play in which he was doomed from the start.

Vazquez was thrown out at home plate, and really wasn’t all that close. With the Red Sox down one run midway through the game, every tally matters.

Boston had the benefit of starting Chris Sale on Wednesday. After suffering two losses to Tampa Bay already, the Red Sox can ill-afford to suffer a defeat with their ace on the mound.

Vazquez is a reliable baserunner for his position, but he’s still not all that quick given he’s a catcher.

Boston Red Sox fans angry with third-base coach Carlos Febles

Mistakes are mistakes, especially with runs at a premium. Febles made the call to send Vazquez, and in the end it was the wrong one.

Red Sox fans were quick to point that out.

The out at home ended the top of the fifth inning. If Vazquez had been stopped third, the Red Sox would have had the bases loaded.

Going into Wednesday’s game, Boston was in one of the American League wild card spots. However, they have the Athletics vying for their spot just one game behind. They need better decision-making from their staff when it counts.

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