After every series, we'll take stock of how each individual and group performance affects their overall value.
Jacoby Ellsbury: Jacoby sandwiched a couple of great performances in games 2 and 3 with a pair of 0-for-4 showings. The sample size is relatively small, but I do like what Jacoby is bringing to the table.
Carl Crawford: Despite the talks of off-season surgery, Carl Crawford has given us hope in the second half. Recording a hit in every game of the series, stealing 3 bases in game 2, and winning his way into the broken hearts of Red Sox fans.
Cody Ross: Those extra arrows are not a mistake. He was just rediculous in the final two games. Not 1, not 2, but 3, 3-run homers and one for a nice little walk-off to win another 3 out of 4 against the other Sox.
Adrian Gonzalez: The power is back. The final game of the series was the only one not to see an RBI for Gonzo. His numbers were just sick in the series. Every game was a multi-hit game, totaling 9-for-16 (.563), 2 homers, and 9 RBI (2-4 RBI games). He deserves a couple more arrows too.
Saltalamacchia/Shoppach: Aside from Shoppach PH homer in game 2, these two gave nothing to the Sox.
Will Middlebrooks: We haven't seen the Will Middlebrooks that we were introduced to since the Youk trade. Still laying the waiting game.
Mike Aviles: I like the two-out RBI in game 1, but there needs to be more production at the bottom of the order.
Pedro Ciriaco: Even though we are not seeing the explosive bat anymore, I'm still diggin' what he is bringing to the table. He is picking up some slack at the bottom of the order.
The Bench: The Sweeney days are over, Nick Punto is doing the usual and not hitting. I'm not calling him a bench player, but I am grouping Ortiz in with these guys because of the one game he played. Papi's injury is a major blow to the lineup and to his value.
Fantastic with the exception of Lester's outing. Cook, Doubront, and Buchholz surrendered one run each, and Cook's was unearned. Jon Lester had to go and screw things up.
The only reliever to give up a run was Tazawa, and that was over 4 innings of work. I think we can let that one can slide. Aceves finally got his first win of the season to cap off a great performance by the pen in the series.
Bobby did a great job working the lineup in the series. With the regulars returning, he did what was necessary to make things work and get some much needed wins.
This was one of the best group performances we have seen this season. Everything was clicking with the exception of Jon Lester. The Sox need this momentum going into this weekend and especially next week.
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