MLB Mid-Season Review: Boston Red Sox
Halfway through the season and it looks as if the managerial change to John Farrell is paying off. The Boston Red Sox are currently a half game behind the Rays for the top spot in the AL East with a record of 63-44.
Starter Clay Bucholz is the ace on the Red Sox squad but is now rehabbing an injury so the Sox went out and picked up Chicago White Sox Jake Peavy who will be a great addition. The Red Sox without their ace will look too a bunch of number two guys to try and lead them to the post-season and throughout. Jake Peavy happens to be a great number two option with a 8-4 record a 4.28 ERA and 76 strikeouts in his 80 innings pitched this season.
John Lackey is pitching much better this season than last where he had a blown up 6.41 ERA. This season he is 7-8 with a 3.19 ERA and has struck out 108 batters in his 160 innings pitched. As a Sox fan myself living in Rhode Island I was quick to call for Lackey to hit the chopping block last season , but he has been a solid contributor this year routinely putting in quality starts.
Jon Lester is having another quality season thus far going 10-6 with a 4.27 ERA and is giving up less than a hit an inning (138 in 139 innings). Another contributor this season has been newely acquired Ryan Depster from the Cubs. Dempster is currently 6-8 with a 4.24 ERA with 112 strikeouts in his 139 innings pitched.
Slugger David Ortiz is back to ripping the cover off the ball with 20 home runs to date this year and 68 RBI’s. Jacoby Ellsbury is batting .301 and provides the speed to make Boston known as a hulking and lumbering slow team in the past with 39 stolen bags this season. Dustin Pedroia is another great offensive weapon to go with his solid glove, Pedroia is hitting .296 with 7 homers, and 61 RBI’s.
The Red Sox are in great shape even with their ace Buckholz down, the Jake Peavy pickup is a great insurance policy throughout the second half of the season, and barring a record breaking let down like in 2012, he will be a great insurance policy into the playoffs.
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