Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 9/17/12

After every series, we'll take stock of how each individual and group performance affects their overall value.



Lineup

Jacoby Ellsbury: The same as last series. One good game followed by a couple of just ok games.  I would like to see more than just 1 steal in the series.

Pedro Ciriaco: Not so much for his overall at-bats in the series, but for what he did on the bases. Ciriaco stole 3rd base twice in the series and was not driven in to score a run. He also committed an error, but it didn't change the outcome of game 2.

Dustin Pedroia: Pedey didn't look so good in the first game since the birth of his child. He picked it up in the final game of the series.

Cody Ross: More hits and less strikeouts. It is hard to believe that 4 strikeouts in a series is an improvement.

Ryan Lavarnway: Lavarnway had a big 3-run homer and 4 RBI in game 1 which made up for the 1-for-8 to close out the series.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia: Salty had another good series, but did not build on the improvement that we saw from him in the Yankees series.

Jose Iglesias: Even though he can't hit, he did make the most of the one time he got on base via a walk. Jose stole second in the game 1 win.

James Loney: He really makes you miss Gonzo at the plate. I like his glove, but the offensive production is far from what we have seen prior to the trade.

Mike Aviles: Still the same old story from Aviles, a hit here and there. His bat is still far better than Iglesias'.

Daniel Nava: It is hard to fault him for not coming through on his failure to produce when he pinch-hit with a 2-2 count. Nava had a great contribution in game 1, but went 0-for-4 with 3 K's in game 2. The contribution in the first game stood out more.

Mauro Gomez: Mauro only played in 1 game and he was impressive. A triple, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored should have been a ticket to more time in the series.

Starting Pitching

We can classify Dice-K's outing as a positive one. Clay Buchholz pitched around 5 walks and held the Jays off enough for a Red Sox win. Lester looked good for most of his outing, and even with the late-game collapse, I still like what Lester delivered.

Bullpen

Blame Daniel Bard for this one. Vicente Padilla didn't hold his own either on Friday night. Everyone else did great.

Managing

The questionable pinch-hit decision is the freshest thing on everyone's mind. He also called the team the weakest September lineup ever, and he didn't play Mauro Gomez after the great game 1 performance. I didn't think it was possible, but he continues to make things worse.

Overall

They won a series. It has been a while since we have seen that outcome.

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