|Brock Holt played like a seasoned veteran this past week, hitting .375 with|
six doubles, a homer and five RBI (Greg Cooper/USA Today Sports)
Jan-Christian Sorensen Contributing Writer
Take heart, Red Sox Nation.
After an abysmal stretch in which the Sox lost 10 in a row and looked like they’d never win again, the Old Towne team is suddenly looking more like the defending World Series champs and — in the midst of a seven-game win streak — looking like it can reel off wins on sheer will.
That being said, two more wins will only get the team back to the .500 mark and there are plenty of holes still to patch up and repair in this 2014-model duck boat before Boston can vie for a spot atop the American League East Division.
Still, seven straight victories after dropping ten in a row is a marked step in the right direction. The Sox hit .314 with runners in scoring position in the past week while still stranding 65 men on the bags in seven games.
Here’s a look back at the Good (a lot), the Bad (not much) and the Ugly (David Price) from Week Nine of the 2014 Red Sox season:
Overall record: 27-29, 4th place in AL East, six games out of first
Past week: 7-0 (series sweeps of Atlanta, Tampa Bay)
Runs Scored: 36
Runs Allowed: 15
Team BA: .246 (19th in MLB)
Team ERA: 3.73 (19th in MLB)
Top 3 Defenders of the Nation:
2. Xander Bogaerts, SS: Bogaerts continues to shake off the cobwebs and show the same sort of chops he displayed in the 2013 postseason of late. Last week the X-Man was .367 at the plate with four doubles, two RBI and five walks. He’s now hitting .349 over his last ten games.
|Lefty Jon Lester was 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 19 Ks for the|
Sox in two starts this past week (Michael Ivins/Getty Images)
Honourable Mention (tie): AJ Pierzynski, C: A.J. kept up the pace at the plate in the past seven games, hitting .409 in five games with one double, one huge, game-winning triple against Tampa Bay and four RBI. Rubby De La Rosa, P: Rubby ignored Kenny Rogers' advice and took his love to (Bean)town in his first start for the big league club in 2014, getting the win and going seven shutout innings while only allowing four hits and striking out eight against Tampa Bay on May 31.
Top 3 Offenders of the Nation (Due to scarcity of bad performances for this past week, we’re only singling out one member of the team this time around):
Two days later the Sox placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list with a hyper-extended left knee, and Buchholz met with former big leaguer Bob Tewksbury, the former mental-skills coach with the Red Sox. In his last four starts, Buchholz has allowed 19 earned runs on 33 hits and walked 15 in 18 innings. So far in 2014 he is only averaging five innings per start. This is Buchholz’s sixth career trip to the DL.
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Keep the Faith. Drink the Dirty Water. Connect with me on Twitter: @jan_doh Jan-Christian Sorensen 6/02/2014 08:30:00 AM Tweet