The Boston Red Sox came storming out of the All-Star break with 4 straight wins that saw the offense start to pick up some steam, only to tailspin into a 5-game losing streak that reversed those accomplishments. With the trade deadline approaching this week, the Red Sox will be looking to sell some of their veteran players with an eye on the future.
Past 7 Days: .286/.310/.893, 5 HR, 12 RBI
Ortiz began the week proclaiming he was about to get hotter than Jamaica in August, right before smashing a pair of homers that night in a blowout win in Toronto. Big Papi kept the long balls coming throughout the week, putting up team highs in HR and RBI. Nobody else on the team had more than half his totals. He also added a pair of doubles, so 7 of his 8 hits this week went for extra-bases.
Past 7 Days: 14.0 Innings, 1.93 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 7 K
Lackey pitched well in each of his outings this week, but only came away with one win to show for it. He took the loss against the Tampa Bay Rays in his last start, despite giving up only 2 runs, as his team's offense was shutout. Lackey hit a bit of a rough patch in late June, but has turned things around over his last three starts, allowing 2 runs or less in each of them to lower his season ERA to 3.60.
Past 7 Days: .115/.207/.154, 9 strikeouts
If Ortiz is hotter than Jamaica, does that make Holt colder than Antarctica? Holt has been the team's most pleasant surprise this season, but he's currently stuck in his first real slump. He was hitting .327 before the break, but that average has plummeted to .307 in 9 games since then. He finally got a day off this week for the first time since he became a regular in the lineup in mid-May, so he might be hitting the proverbial rookie wall. He's already played in nearly three times as many games as he's even been in at the major league level.
Past 7 Days: 3.0 innings, 6.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP
Doubront has been vocal about his unhappiness with his current role in the bullpen, but there's no reason for the Red Sox to change that role unless he starts pitching better. He seems to be under the impression that he's already proven himself in the rotation, but last year he had the best season of his career with a 4.32 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. Those aren't numbers that scream "proven starter." John Farrell indicated that performance can dictate roles and Doubront's performance this season hasn't shown that he's one of the five best options for the rotation right now. Instead of moping around, he should be focused on pitching well out of the bullpen to earn back the team's trust. Instead he seems to be counting down the days until he's traded to a team that will let him start. Unfortunately for him, if he's not pitching well then who would want to trade for him?
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