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Boston Red Sox Fire & Ice: Jackie Bradley Hot, Xander Bogaerts Cold

July 8th, 2014 at 1:07 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox have lost 3 straight games and 7 of their last 10 to fall to the bottom of the AL East and 10 games back of the division leading Baltimore Orioles. Times are tough in Red Sox Nation these days, but that doesn't mean we can't find a few silver linings.

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On Fire

Jackie Bradley, Jr.
Past 7 Days: .462/.533/.615, 3 Runs

Yes, that Jackie Bradley. It wasn't long ago that we had to question if we'd ever see JBJ in this section, but the rookie center fielder has shown vast improvement lately. His season numbers still look awful, but he's raised his batting average 20 points since June 3, when he was stuck at .200. He's 6 for his last 13 at the plate with 2 walks and a pair of extra-base hits. Bradley also doesn't get enough credit for what he provides with his glove. He leads all major league center fielders in assists (10), Range Factor (3.06) and is 3rd in DWAR (1.5).

Jon Lester
Past 7 Days: 8.0 Innings, 5 hits, 0 Runs, 0 BB, 7 Ks

Lester is On Fire for the second week in a row after shutting down the Orioles in his last start. Boston would win that one with a 9th inning walk-off, depriving Lester of getting the W, but he'll take it considering the team at least got a rare victory. His week was also highlighted by getting selected for his third All-Star appearance. He's the only member of the Red Sox headed to Minnesota for this year's All-Star Game, but if only one player from this team could go, it's tough to argue against it being Lester. 

Ice Cold

Xander Bogaerts
Past 7 Days: .100/.143/.100

The slide for Bogaerts continues with another dreadful week in which he went 2 for 20 at the plate with 8 strikeouts. Since June 3, Bogaerts' OPS has dropped from .859 to .675. That's the difference between hitting like an All-Star and scraping by as a replacement level player. That's a steep drop in just over a month. He did have his first 2 hit game in nearly a month on Sunday night, so perhaps that's a sign that he may snap out of this funk soon.

Brandon Workman
Past 7 Days: 4.0 Innings, 5 Hits, 6 Runs, 3 BB

Workman is coming off his worst start of the season, where he was lit up in a blowout loss to the light hitting Chicago Cubs as part of an embarrassing sweep at Fenway. It was the most runs he's allowed in an outing this year, as well as the shortest outing he's had since joining the rotation. He's now lost his last two starts, setting new season highs in runs allowed in each of them.

Tags: Baseball, Boston, Boston Red Sox, Brandon Workman, Jackie Bradley, Jon Lester, MLB, Xander Bogaerts

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