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Boston Red Sox Fire & Ice: David Ortiz Hot, Koji Uehara Cold

August 25th, 2014 at 12:09 PM
By Sean Penney

The Boston Red Sox dropped every game this past week and are currently sliding through an 8-game losing streak. Only 4 other teams in the majors have a worse winning percentage (.431) this season.

Here are some guys that have been hot and cold this week.

On Fire

David Ortiz
Past 7 Days: .647/.769/.1.118, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 Runs

Big Papi has been scorching hot all month and teams just couldn't find ways to get him out this week. During one stretch he reached base in 10 of 12 plate appearances. If only the guys in front of him were getting on base more often so he could pile up some more RBIs. As it is, he's second in the league this season (93) and is tied for third in home runs (30). It seems the only way for teams to stop him right now is if an injury forces him out of the lineup. Ortiz exited in the 9th inning of Saturday's game after being drilled in the elbow in his last at-bat. Then on Sunday he fouled a ball off his foot and later had to be removed again after limping his way down to first on a single. Ortiz is a bit banged up, but hopefully it won't cost him much more time because we wouldn't want that to cause him to cool off.

Joe Kelly
Past 7 Days: 5.0 Innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 5 strikeouts

Kelly was removed after only 5 innings in his last start due to a shoulder injury, but the team says it was only precautionary and tests revealed no damage, so he's expected to make his next start. It's too bad he had to leave early because he was shutting out the Mariners at the time, matching zeros with Felix Hernandez. The bullpen would eventually take the loss anyway, but you wonder how it could have turned out had Kelly been able to keep going.

Ice Cold

Xander Bogaerts
Past 7 Days: .071/.235/.071, 5 strikeouts

The slump continues for Bogaerts, who managed only 1 hit all week. He did nearly hit one over the foul pole, but umpires determined after video review that it was a long foul ball. He was so close to a home run, but ended up getting out instead. That's the sort of bad luck you run into when things are going as poorly as they are for Bogaerts. Making matters worse, he was hit in the head by an 89 MPH changeup from Felix Hernandez on Friday and has been placed on the 7-day disabled list for a concussion. Perhaps a week off will do more to clear his head than just shaking off the concussion symptoms. Maybe the team could even use it as an excuse to send him to Pawtucket for a few days to get some at-bats in the minors before being activated this weekend.

Koji Uehara
Past 7 Days: 1.2 Innings, 32.40 ERA, 4.80 WHIP

It was a week Uehara would clearly like to forget and one Red Sox fans have never seen from their closer. He gave up at least 1 run in 3 straight appearances for the first time since coming to Boston, culminating in a 5-run meltdown on Friday night to blow his third save of the season. Those 5 runs are the most Uehara has given up in a game since he was a starter his rookie season. Prior to that outing, he hadn't given up more than 3 runs in any month this season!

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Tags: Baseball, Boston, Boston Red Sox, David Ortiz, Joe Kelly, Koji Uehara, MLB, Xander Bogaerts

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