It's been a rough week for the Boston Red Sox, who currently find themselves stuck in a 10-game losing streak. You can't lose that many games in a row without having plenty of options to choose from for players that are ice cold right now, but it's not all bad news. A few players on this team are actually doing their part while waiting for their teammates to pitch in.
Last 7 days: .375/.423/.625, 1 HR, 3 doubles, 4 RBI
You might have expected Bogaerts to be a bit distracted after the team decided to bring back Stephen Drew. It's not that Bogaerts is in any danger of losing his starting job, but once Drew arrives he'll likely push Bogaerts over to third base. The primary reason for the move had more to do with Will Middlebrooks' inconsistency and injury, but you could understand how a young player could interpret it as the team losing faith in his ability to handle the short stop position. Yet Bogaerts has handled the situation well so far, allowing the news to fuel him rather than drag him down. The rookie has a bright future, regardless of which position he sticks at.
Last 7 days: 7.0 innings, 0 runs, 5 hits, 3 K's
None of the Red Sox pitchers have recorded a win in the past week, but Lackey sure deserved one based on his strong effort against the Rays. Unfortunately, he got no support from his offense and the bullpen allowed a 9th inning run to give Tampa Bay the walk off win. The rest of the rotation is struggling right now, but Lackey has been the lone bright spot.
Last 7 days: .048/.130/.048, 2 walks, 5 Ks
What a difference a week makes. Ortiz had been the team's hottest hitter all season, but the Sox losing streak has coincided with his massive slump. Big Papi has only 1 hit in his last 21 at bats – a measly single. He hasn't scored a run or driven one in either. If the Red Sox are going to break out of this losing streak, they need their big bat to wake up.
Last 7 days: 0-2, 2.2 innings, 3.38 ERA
Miller's numbers may not be the worst this week for a pitching staff loaded with poor performances, but Miller earns this spot due to a pair of losses in back-to-back games. First, he spoiled a great start from Lackey by giving up a walk off hit to Cole Figueroa. The next day the Sox lost a 15 inning marathon when Miller botched what could have been a double-play by throwing the ball off target into center field, letting the winning run come around to score. Two straight walk off wins for the Rays, both coming against Miller. That's a tough week.
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