Red Sox Unfiltered is proud to present a weekly review called “The Red Sox Had a Week” Each week, we will hand out awards, look at highlights, and have some fun facts!
(Featured Image: June 8, 2018 – Source: Omar Rawlings/Getty Images North America from Zimbio.com)
Red Sox record: 44-22 (2nd AL East)
Record by opponent this week:
2-1 against the Detroit Tigers
1-2 against the Chicago White Sox
Hitter of the Week: JD Martinez
The JD Martinez train just keeps on chugging through Fenway Park. He went 6 for 18 with a .333/.400/.611 slash line. He hit 2 homers, which puts him in the lead for the most homers in the MLB. He also collected a double and 4 more RBI. He only struck out 3 times in his at bats, while walking 3 times. There is nothing that this guy can do wrong right now with the way he has been swinging the bat.
Starting Pitcher of the Week: Chris Sale
Chris Sale is given this award based on his outing, and not so much the result. He held the White Sox to 1 run over 8 innings and struck out 10. It’s a pretty normal start for Chris Sale where he only yielded 1 run and walked only 1 batter. He had a WHIP of 0.88 and a K/9 ratio of 11.25. If only the Red Sox could clone Chris Sale. They would take this pitching performance every single day if they could.
Reliever of the Week: Heath Hembree
Heath Hembree only pitched 2 and 1/3 innings this week, but he was dominant. He struck out 4 of the batters he faced, and didn’t let walks get the best of him. He gave up no hits, no runs and had a sparkling 0.43 WHIP and a 15.45 K/9 ratio. He collected a hold and even inherited a couple of runners without letting them score.
Hitting Disaster of the Week: Eduardo Nunez
This week was a bad week for hitting if you happened to play for the Boston Red Sox. Eduardo Nunez, however, I think hit the bottom of the barrel. He went 4 for 20 and only hit singles. He kept his strikeouts down, but managed an abysmal .438 OPS and left 10 runners on base.
Pitching Disaster of the Week: Jalen Beeks
Jalen Beeks had a tough welcome to the big leagues. He only went 4 innings and gave up 7 hits with 6 earned runs. That’s an ERA of 13.50 in his start. Add in the 3 walks and a home run, it was clear that the stage had him a little rattled. Beeks has some talent, as his minor league stats would suggest, but it just wasn’t his day.
Highlight Reel Play of the Week: Chris Sale throws the fastest pitch of his career
Chris Sale can routinely reach back and pull out 97 MPH, but who knew he could throw 100? Facing his former team, Chris Sale found the extra zip on his fastball and fired a 100.3 MPH to strike out Daniel Palka.
Fun With Numbers: 2
This is the number of times that Chris Sale has faced the Chicago White Sox since leaving the team. He is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in the two starts and surprisingly his loss is in the game where he went 8 innings and only gave up 1 run.
Story Lines to Watch:
Christian Vazquez’s Defense
Patrick Green details where Vazquez’s defense has gone. Vazquez was touted as a defense-first catcher, but it seems after getting a contract extension, things aren’t quite what they used to be.
Who is Jalen Beeks?
Dave Latham takes a look at a Red Sox prospect named Jalen Beeks. He made his much anticipated debut this past week, and it didn’t go as expected. Make sure to check this out and look at the promise the Beeks has to offer.
That’s it for this edition of the Red Sox Had a Week! Tune in next week for some more fun!