After every series, we'll take stock of how each individual and group performance affects their overall value.
Ryan Sweeney: Sweeney didn't make much of an impact in the series. He is coming back to earth with his .333 batting average down from the .361 that he began the month with. I still like his approach to the plate and his potential is still there.
Dustin Pedroia: Pedey extended his hitting streak to 14 games while going 7-for-17 in the series with a homer and 5 RBI. His average is quickly rising with his confidence.
David Ortiz: Ortiz recorded only went 4-for-15 in the series, but he did contribute with a couple of RBI and scored 3 runs. Papi is still batting .348, good for 6th in the majors.
Adrian Gonzalez: The bat is coming around and average is climbing. The power hasn't arrived yet, but we shouldn't be worried about that. The power will come very soon as Gonzo is figuring everything out.
Will Middlebrooks: Everything he does impresses the hell out of me. A homer and 4 RBI in the series are having us saying, Youk who?
Cody Ross: Ross only went 2-for-9, but did have the home run on Saturday. The number that stands out is the 1 strikeout in his 11 plate appearances. I call that progress.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia: Salty started making progress in the final two games of the series. Mother's Day was huge for Salty, as he went 3-for4, with a homer and 5 RBI. He looked very comfortable at the plate and let's hope it continues.
Mike Aviles: He is not the same guy as he was a couple of weeks ago. I have a feeling he is going to be in a long slump. Though, his defense looks good, that's a plus.
Daniel Nava: The forgotten outfielder in Pawtucket who burst onto the scene in 2010. Nava came out firing in 2012 as he did in 2010, going 6-for-10 with 4 RBI in the series. Not sure how long it will last, but I am enjoying it.
The Bench: McDonald was placed on the DL, fine with me. Shoppach was Shoppach, Punto was Punto, and Byrd was Byrd. Minor contributions as expected.
We are going to throw out Beckett's start. Bard, Buchholz, and Doubront all went at least 6 innings, gave up a combined 5 earned runs, and all recorded a win. This is what we have been waiting for.
They continue to do their job well. Aceves made it interesting on Friday, but ultimately got the save. The pen is looking very good and the confidence in them is at the highest point of the season.
Does Bobby manage, or is he just a puppet? Who makes the damn decisions? I am not sure what the hell he does.
Again, we are going to disregard the first game. Starting pitching is clicking, the pen is clicking, the offense is clicking. They have a decent chance to keep this alive with the Mariners coming to town.
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