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.