Weeks' offensive struggles carry into field

Weeks' offensive struggles carry into field

BOSTON -- Before leading off Tuesday's game with a line-drive single, Jemile Weeks had gone hitless in three consecutive games for the first time in his career. Consider those struggles a possible factor in the second baseman's recent miscues in the field, manager Bob Melvin said.

Weeks doubled his season error total -- his four miscues are most among all American League second basemen -- on Monday night by committing two and on Tuesday, he engaged in a talk with his manager about it.

"Off game for him, and he knows that," Melvin said. "He was pretty disappointed in his defense last night. Your offensive struggles can play into your defense some -- not an excuse, obviously -- but when you're not playing and swinging your bat to your ability, sometimes that frustrates you and it goes out there with you on the field. It's not OK, but it's human nature."

Weeks, like a handful of teammates, has been below the Mendoza Line for the majority of the young season. He entered Tuesday batting .181, fifth lowest in the AL, and .071 with runners in scoring position, representing the third worst mark. Last year, his lowest single-month average was .288, in August.

Though the numbers aren't there, Melvin believes the approach is. Several of Weeks' at-bats have resulted in well-hit balls -- right into a glove.

"That adds to the frustration, when you're not getting on base and getting the numbers he's used to looking at here," Melvin said. "I know he's frustrated. I talked to him today. Each and every time you have a good at-bat and have nothing to show for it, it adds to the frustration. He doesn't get down. He gets upset, frustrated, but he doesn't get down on himself, even through a tough month."