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Boston Red Sox Fire & Ice: Brock Holt Hot, Koji Uehara Cold

July 14th, 2014 at 2:53 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox head into the All-Star break tied for last in the AL East, but wins in 4 of their last 5 games has the team on a bit of a roll. Hopefully a few days off doesn't halt their momentum and instead helps vault them toward a strong second half.

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On Fire

Brock Holt
Past 7 Days: .394/.412/.667, 1 HR, 5 Runs, 3 RBI

The Brock Star had a big week, including a 5-hit performance and his 3rd HR of the season. The Fort Worth native had family and friends in attendance for the weekend series in Houston and Holt put on a show for them. He also came through with a walk-off hit in the previous series against the Chicago White Sox. Holt has been the team's biggest surprise of the season and will look to continue his breakout season in the second half.

Clay Buchholz
Past 7 Days: 16.0 Innings, 2.25 ERA, 0.56 WHIP, 1 BB, 19 Ks

Buchholz got two starts last week, but it's the second one that gets him on this list. He's another native Texan that shined in Houston, dominating the Astros in a complete game shutout. He allowed only 3 hits, no walks and struck out a career high 12 batters. Buccholz has shown steady progress since his return from the DL last month, particularly by limiting walks – he's allowed only 1 in 4 starts since his return. Perhaps this time of year reminded him, "Hey, I was an All-Star last year!" On Sunday, he finally started pitching like one again.

Ice Cold

Xander Bogaerts
Past 7 Days: .143/.174/.143, 6 Ks

This slump for Bogaerts has been going on for over a month now, with no clear end in sight. Every time he manages to put together a couple of hits, he follows it up the next game with an 0-for. Manager John Farrell insists that they will continue to let him work his way out of it and a demotion to the minors is not an option. Considering how poorly he handled having his shortstop spot taken away from him, perhaps the team is cautious as to how he'd react mentally to more bad news. They have to tread lightly with their young infielder, but how much more can they allow his confidence to shatter before making a move? He has too much potential for them to risk derailing his career.

Koji Uehara
Past 7 Days: 2.0 Innings, 9.00 ERA

Boston's closer blew his second save of the season by allowing a two-run homer to Curtis Gillaspie. In fairness, Alexei Ramirez had reached on an infield single that had initially been called an out. The White Sox challenged the call, which was shockingly overturned despite the video evidence appearing to be far from indisputable. A solo shot would have allowed Uehara to escape with the save, but the questionable replay decision cost him. Luckily, the Red Sox would go on to win with a walk-off hit to bail him out, but it was still a tough inning for Uehara.

Tags: Baseball, Boston, Boston Red Sox, Brock Holt, Clay Buchholz, Koji Uehara, MLB, Xander Bogaerts

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