After every series, we'll take stock of how each individual and group performance affects their overall value.
Pedro Ciriaco: No matter where he hits in the lineup, he produces...with the exception of game 4. He made up for his game 3 error with the big bat in the series.
Jacoby Ellsbury: This was the best series from Ellsbury since his return from the DL. Ellsbury batted .444 with a homer, pair of doubles and RBI.
Dustin Pedroia: Pedey didn't have a huge series, but did record at least 1 hit in all 4 games. He threw a homer in there for good measure.
Cody Ross: Ross had a tough game 1, but made up for it in the final 3 games of the series. 7-for-13 with 5 RBI in the three games is a nice was to make up for the 0-for-4.
Mauro Gomez: Gomez hasn't played much, so a 4-for-6 with a homer sandwiched by a few hit-less games is enough for a green arrow. It shouldn't be, but I am in a good mood.
Ryan Lavarnway: Nothing impressive, but he did get some hits. Lavarnway has not had the season we expected and maybe a decent series will lead to the return of his power.
Mike Aviles: Mike stuck it to his old club and got his bat going for a few games. In game 4, he sucked.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia: One good, one bad. It's the Jarrod Saltalamacchia way. Well, it is normally no good, two bad. He has had no luck with consistency with positive offensive numbers.
James Loney: We don't know what we will get from him, or if he will be on this team long-term. It will take another series or two to figure him out.
Scott Podsednik: He's always hittin'. I love this guy.
The Bench: Lin and Iglesias had such a small sample size, each going 0-for-1, with a total of 6 pitches combined. We'll throw Ortiz in here since he only played in one game, then giving us the bad news of a return to the DL.
Lester looked better than he did in most of his starts this season, and the same goes for Aaron Cook. Doubront had a decent return from the DL and one could argue it was one of his better starts of late. Then there is Dice-K...oooohhhh, Dice-K. Just burrowing into our hearts and making the weak think he is a changed pitcher. It was nice, actually, it was a great outing, just chalk it up as a fluke.
The Jarrod Saltalamacchia approach, 1/2 good, 1/2 bad. They looked great in games 1 and 4, and did the opposite in the middle games.
A lot of the problems in the clubhouse are gone, of course it is going to make Bobby look better. Getting tossed in game 3 was a nice touch.
I don't care who they played, a series win in a 4-game series is always a positive. The Sox needed a good series and if it wasn't for the 'pen, it would have been a great series. I have no hope for a comeback in the playoff race, it is just nice to see some wins.