Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Orioles.
Saltalamacchia will be replaced by David Ross. Saltalamacchia is likely just receiving a normal day off and should return to the lineup soon. Saltalamacchia is hitting .276/.338/.503 in 181 at-bats this year.
Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has strong surface numbers, but his average is being propped up by an extremely high BABIP.
Saltalamacchia has never been a high-average hitter, mainly due to his lofty strikeout rate. He's striking out in a career-high 33.6 percent of his plate appearances, but his average is a solid .276. Even his contact rates are down.
The main culprit behind Salty's strong...