Week in review: The good, the bad & the ugly

The Guru
Contributing Writer

It was another exciting week in Red Sox Nation. There were back-to-back walkoff wins, the Sox bid adios to Iggy while Jake Peavy made a strong first impression, a Twitter war broke out with Tampa, the Buchholz watch approached it’s second month, Jon Lester killed it at Temple Run and Jonny Gomes remains the most interesting man in the world.

For the week the Red Sox went 5-2. The Sox dropped Monday’s makeup game to Tampa 2-1 then swept the hapless Mariners and took two of three from the D-Backs. Boston leads the league in wins at 68-45 and remain one game up on the second place Rays in the American League East.

There’s never a shortage of drama when it comes to the Olde Towne Team. Let’s take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly for the week.

The Good: Jake Peavy appears to be just what this Red Sox starting staff needs; an intense, quick working competitor. In his Boston debut, Peavy went a strong seven innings with seven strike outs while giving up just four hits and two runs. Meanwhile, Clay Buchholz curls up with his heating pad.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia is in one of his hot streaks. In his last seven games, Salty is hitting .348 with two home runs and six RBI. It's been a good season for Salty and he's worked a lot, catching 88 of 112 games. Will be interesting to see if the Sox resign him at the end of the year.

While I'm not a big fan, I'll give credit when credit is due and J.D. Drew's little brother gets some love this week. Stephen Drew hit .320, had a homer, four RBI and provided the magic in Wednesday's 15-inning walkoff. J.D. was so happy he let Stephen sleep in his hyperbolic chamber for the night.

The Bad: Jon Lester and Ryan Dempster had a combined ERA of 7.50 in three starts last week. I almost typed Lackey and Beckett there. Having a flashback.

Mike Napoli went 5-21, with nine strikeouts and just one run batted in last week. Napoli is one mild meatball.

The Ugly: Former Sox outfielder Cody Ross ripped GM Ben Cherington then went 4-5 with a homer and four RBI Friday night. Why can't we get players like that?

The Biogenesis scandal is one ugly mess and the hammer of Selig is about to fall. The biggest fraud of them all, Alex Rodriguez, could be booted from baseball for life. Give him a nice swift kick in his A-Rod on the way out.

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