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Boston Red Sox Fire & Ice: Brandon Workman Hot, Dustin Pedroia Cold

June 16th, 2014 at 6:23 PM
By Sean Penney

The bats in the Boston Red Sox lineup haven't been producing much offense lately. In the past week, the team has scored a total of 20 runs, half of which came in one game against Cleveland. Outside of that brief outburst, it was a fairly quiet week for an offense that managed only 1 run over an entire three game series in Baltimore. Those results aren't conducive for finding hitters that are on fire, but we'll try to find some that are at least lukewarm with signs of potentially heating up.

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On Fire

Brock Holt
Past 7 Days: .345/.387/.414, 3 Runs, 2 RBIs

This doesn't really classify as a hot streak, considering these numbers aren't far off from his season numbers. His batting average is still held up by an unsustainable BABIP (.410) and he's still striking out nearly three times as often as he walks, yet he's still the team's best option in the lead-off spot. He's also added a lot of value with his versatility. He recently has been getting chances to play the outfield in an attempt to keep his bat in the lineup and got his first career start in RF this week. Holt has now seen time at 1B, 2B, 3B, LF and RF this season.

Brandon Workman
Past 7 Days: 12.2 innings, 1.42 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 11 Ks, 

Workman won his first start last week in a 1-0 victory in Baltimore and pitched well enough to deserve another on Sunday with a quality start against Cleveland. Workman still has a potential 6-game suspension looming, with the ruling on his appeal expected to be announced this week. In the meantime, he's providing the Sox with solid innings in the rotation and giving his team a chance to win every time out. In 8 starts this season, he still hasn't given up more than 3 runs in any of them.

Ice Cold

Dustin Pedroia
Past 7 Days: .154/.241.231, 3 Runs, 3 RBIs

The Laser Show has been pretty dim this season, as Pedroia struggles through the worst season of his career at the plate. He's still among the best defensive players at his position, but the offensive decline is troubling for a player that recently signed an extension that takes him into his late 30's. His numbers this past week are ugly, but his season numbers are all down across the board too. He's striking out at a career high rate, but offsetting that by walking at a higher rate than his career average (.107 BB/PA). That may suggest his issues may partially be bad luck, but that doesn't explain the whole story. His Isolated Power (.110) is a career low, continuing a steady decline over the past four seasons. He's also stopped stealing bases. While he was once a threat to steal 20+ bags a year, he's only swiped 2 so far in 6 attempts.

Rubby De La Rosa
Past 7 Days: 5.2 innings, 6.35 ERA, 1.59 WHIP

De La Rosa couldn't make it out of the 6th inning last time out in Baltimore after surrendering 4 runs for the second straight start. He fell behind early, with the O's putting 3 runs on the board in the first inning, but give him some credit for settling down after that.  With Clay Buchholz and Felix Doubront making rehab appearances this week, De La Rosa may not last much longer in the rotation. He needs more seasoning in the minors, but has shown enough flashes in his brief time this year to highlight his potential.

Tags: Baseball, Boston, Boston Red Sox, Brandon Workman, Brock Holt, Dustin Pedroia, MLB, Rubby De La Rosa

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