Found August 17, 2012 on
Boston Red Sox
After every series, we'll take stock of how each individual and group performance affects their overall value.
Jacoby Ellsbury: Ellsbury had a tough game 3, but I like what I saw from him in the first 2 games. There is plenty of room for improvement.
Carl Crawford: Even when he wasn't hitting in game 2, he was still driving in runs. Crawford was the only batter to get a hit with runners in scoring position in game 1.
Dustin Pedroia: Pedey batted .385 (5/13) in the series, but was only 1-for-5 with RISP. That would be a big drop in value if he were the only one who sucked in that situation.
Adrian Gonzalez: Don't misunderstand the reasoning behind this. Compared to his recent series performances, this one did not live up to expectations. Gonzo picked it up in the final game with his 2 hits and 2 RBI.
Cody Ross: Cody sandwiched his O-fer in game 2 with some pretty damn good performances in games 1 and 3 (5-for-9).
Jarrod Saltalamacchia: 2-for-8 with 3 strikeouts in 2 games is the usual from Salty as of late. He has been in a coma when it comes to run producing for a while.
Mike Aviles: Speaking of comas.
Nick Punto: Punto got a hit, scored 3 runs, and walked once. I would say that's a great improvement to what we are used to.
Scott Podsednik: Mr Consistency. Since joining the Red Sox months ago, his average has not dropped and he can hit anywhere in the lineup.
Pedro Ciriaco: Pedro was just ok for another series. It would be nice to see the "old" Pedro show up again in New York.
The Bench: Valencia & Lavarnway each had a hit in their 1 appearance in the series. It wasn't bad, but we still have a small sample size.
Once again, Clay Buchholz helped this team salvage a game. Beckett gave the usual un-watchable outing, and Aaron Cook imploded in the 6th inning of his outing. Awesome.
The solo homer given up by Mark Melancon in game 1 was the only run given up by the pen in the series. The return of Bailey is also a huge positive for this group.
I feel no need to explain.
This team looked absolutely terrible and if it wasn't for Clay Buchholz, then they may have been swept. If you were still a believer before the series, you probably are not anymore.
BEST OF MAXIM
Jacoby Ellsbury needs to rest his legs once again. The Red Sox outfielder was penciled in as the designated hitter on Thursday to prevent a "leg situation" from flaring up. Ellsbury was initially scratched on August 4 against the Twins with what Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine called a leg issue. This time around, Valentine won't sit the outfielder against the Orioles...
It has been known for some time that Carl Crawford needs Tommy John surgery, but we haven't known if it would be definite. Now we know Carl is going to follow doctor's orders and has opted for the surgery.
“Carl intends to follow the course recommended by the medical professionals who have been treating him, in whom he has full confidence,” agent Brian Peters wrote...
UNDER THE KNIFE
Carl Crawford has been dealing with arm problems, and he reportedly wants to undergo surgery. What will end up happening?
Jacoby Ellsbury will be back to patrolling the Red Sox outfield on Friday night, one night after serving as the club's designated hitter. Ellsbury, who is battling a minor leg issue, is in center field and hitting leadoff for the Sox' series opener with the Yankees in the Bronx. The club would love for Ellsbury to get hot, especially in front of players like Dustin Pedroia...
4:35 p.m.: Jacoby Ellsbury, who is battling a minor leg issue, is back in center field and hitting leadoff for the Sox' in their series opener with the Yankees out in the Bronx. The club would love for Ellsbury to get hot, especially in front of players like Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez who have both been streaking of late. Meanwhile, Derek Jeter gets the start at DH as...
Since making his season debut on July 16, Carl Crawford has emerged as one of the Red Sox' top hitters. Heading into Saturday's game, the left fielder was hitting .287 with three home runs and 19 RBIs through 28 games. Despite Saturday's 4-1 win over the Yankees, Crawford could be shutting it down for the year. According to a Boston Globe report, he plans on asking management...
Carl Crawford, the oft-injured and underperforming outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, reportedly will follow the team's advice for his ailing left elbow, his agent said Sunday. "Carl intends to follow the course recommended by the medical professionals who have been treating him, in whom he has full confidence," agent Brian Peters wrote to the Boston Herald. "...
The Red Sox are struggling to do just about anything right now, and that uncharacteristically extends to the offense right now. Aside from Sunday afternoon's 14-run outburst in Cleveland, the Sox have been held down on this road trip. They enter Thursday night's series finale with the Orioles having scored just 11 runs in the other five games of this trip, four of which have...
Things were looking up for the Red Sox until all of a sudden they weren't anymore. Aaron Cook started Wednesday night's game strong -- perfect, in fact -- but ran out of gas in the sixth inning. And once the Orioles grabbed the lead, they weren't about to give it up. Jacoby Ellsbury picked up a couple of hits, and in fact the Sox out-hit Baltimore for the second straight...
According to two sources close to Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, he is apparently reluctant to tell the Red Sox front office that he would like to shut it down for the rest of the season. Crawford reportedly wants to have surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
The sources however say Crawford is worried on how it would be perceived if he opted...
Boston's Carl Crawford needs Tommy John surgery but doesn't want to
bail on team.
A strong outing from Jon Lester, a two-run home run from Adrian Gonzales, and a 4 for 4 day from Pedro Ciriaco (pictured) are enough to get it done.In other news, Carl Crawford reportedly plans to to ask the team's permission to get Tommy John surgery -- next week. If he does he would be out for the rest of the year, but potentially ready at the start of next season.
Well folks, the Sox lost again. Big surprise. It wasn't as bad of a loss than yesterday, only losing by 2 this time, 5-3.
It looked promising for the first 5 innings before it all fell apart for the pitching staff in the 6th. The game was scoreless until the fifth, when the Sox struck first, scoring 2 runs in the top of the inning. Jacoby Ellsbury drove in Scott Podsednik...
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Carl Crawford, LF Dustin Pedroia, 2B Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Cody Ross, DH Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Mike Aviles, SS Scott Podsednik, RF Nick Punto, 3B
They shoot horses, don't they? They walk Old Lizzy out to the back 40, stroke her nose gently, feed her a carrot, whisper nice things, thank her for pulling the plow, then go Steven Buscemi on her. This weekend, we can put our dear old friends, the Boston Redsocks, out of their misery.Mercy killing, that's what it is. Like one of those angel-of-death nurses with a...