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Boston Red Sox Fire & Ice: Yoenis Cespedes Hot, Brandon Workman Cold

August 11th, 2014 at 5:25 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox are coming off a series win against the Los Angeles Angels, giving them their first series victory since sweeping the Kansas City Royals coming out of the All-Star break last month. So if you're looking for a silver lining, that's two series victories in the past month against the two teams that currently occupy the AL Wild Card spots.

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Here are the players that have been hot and cold this week.

On Fire

Yoenis Cespedes
Past 7 Days: .296/.296/.519, 1 HR, 5 RBI

The Red Sox needed a middle of the order bat to boost their anemic offense and Cespedes is giving them just that. After taking a couple of games to adjust to his new surroundings, Cespedes started to heat up once the team set out on the road. Cespedes started the trip with a 3-hit game in St. Louis, but a trip to visit a familiar foe helped bring out the power in his bat. He collected his first pair of RBIs in a Red Sox uniform during the first game against the Angels, then won the series finale with a three-run homer.

Heath Hembree
Past 7 Days: 4.0 Innings, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 2 strikeouts

While he only lasted on the roster long enough to make one appearance, it was a pretty impressive outing. Hembree made his Red Sox debut during the 19-inning marathon Saturday, holding the Angels scoreless over four innings. His heroic effort helped save a bullpen that had already been emptied, earning him the respect of his new teammates. The 62 pitch outing would prevent him from being available for a least a couple of days, which prompted the Red Sox to option him back to Pawtucket to bring in reinforcements for their fatigued bullpen.

Ice Cold

Jackie Bradley, Jr.
Past 7 Days: 0-for-11, 6 strikeouts

JBJ finds himself on this side of the column once again after another tough week. He's hitless in his last 35 at-bats (the longest streak in the majors this season) with a staggering 18 strikeouts over that span, dropping his average to .211 for the season. As Gordon Edes points out on ESPNBoston.com, only a few rookies in franchise history have done worse than that in a season when given over 300 at-bats. Bradley has some work to do to avoid making the bad kind of history. The dilemma is that he's also the best defensive center fielder the franchise has had in a long time, which would be enough to keep him in the lineup if he could manage to hit his own weight at the plate.

Brandon Workman
Past 7 Days: 5.1 Innings, 8.44 ERA, 1.69 WHIP

Workman struggled in his only start this week, taking the loss after surrendering 4 runs to the St. Louis Cardinals. His week only got worse when he was forced into the game in the 19th inning against the Angels on Saturday. The bullpen had already been emptied and Heath Hembree had extended himself to his limits. Workman came in the game and immediately gave up a walk-off home run to Albert Pujols for his 6th loss of the season. He's now taken the loss in his last 6 appearances, including 5 starts.

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