In his last four games, Dayan Viciedo is 8-16 with three home runs and only one strikeout. That doesn't sound like someone you want to bench for a few games, right?
The Sox might have to do just that, though, when they head to Wrigley Field to face the Cubs this weekend. Adam Dunn appears slated to play left field against right-handed starters on Friday and Saturday, which makes sense given the Sox can't afford to take his bat out of the lineup at this point.
Of course, one torrid stretch doesn't mean Viciedo will continue to hit the daylights out of the ball going forward (the ol' slumpsstreaks aren't predictive theory). But things are finally going Viciedo's way after he looked lost for the previous 20 or so games. If he's feeling locked in, keeping him in the lineup could keep him that way.
But the only option the White Sox have to keep Viciedo in the lineup is move him to third base for a few games. That's been brought up a few times in the last couple days, which is an interesting narrative. And given Brent Morel hasn't shown any signs of life recently (.337 OPS in May), benching him in favor of Viciedo, a former third baseman, has been broached as a strategy for interleague play.
But Viciedo hasn't played third base since 2010 in the minor leagues, and when he was at the hot corner he wasn't good. Given he's previously brought his defensive struggles with him to the plate, two games at third base could stop this streak just as effectively as having him sit on the bench Friday and Saturday.
Robin Ventura intimated this week that Viciedo probably won't reprise his role as a third baseman for interleague play, too, so that likely closes the book on that. It stinks for Viciedo and the White Sox lineup, but it's probably for the best.