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 14, 2018 – Source: Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images North America from Zimbio.com)
Red Sox record: 49-24 (2nd AL East)
Record by opponent this week:
3-0 against the Baltimore Orioles
2-2 against the Seattle Mariners
Hitter of the Week: Xander Bogaerts
Xander Bogaerts has figured something out this year. He’s hitting home runs like nobody’s business, and added 3 this past week alone! He had a slash line of .296/.375/.630 and an OPS just over 1.000. He scored 7 runs and had 7 RBIs. He also showed some patience at the plate, drawing a walk 4 times while striking out only 5 times in his 27 ABs. Let’s just hope this is the Xander the fans get to watch for the rest of the year.
Starting Pitcher of the Week: Steven Wright
The knuckleball lives on! After not seeing Wright for a year and a half, he’s back to his old ways. He worked 13 and 2/3 innings over 2 starts and only gave up 1 run for an ERA of 0.66. He gave up 9 hits and had 9 strikeouts as well. Unfortunately, he walked 5 guys, but that is what happens when that wild knuckler gets on the bump for a team. It seems Steven Wright has recaptured his 2016-self, let’s see if he can keep it going.
Reliever of the Week: Joe Kelly
This guy just comes in and slams the door. He inherited 6 runners this past week and did not let a single one score. He worked 3 innings, collected 2 holds and did not allow a run. He only had 2 strikeouts while giving up a hit and walking a batter, but I will take that every time he comes out of the bullpen if he is stranding runners at that clip. Joe Kelly has carved himself a nice role out of the bullpen this year, putting out any fire that Alex Cora wants him to.
Hitting Disaster of the Week: Mitch Moreland
It seems Mitch Moreland has found that slump that a segment of fans have been waiting to see after the departure of Hanley Ramirez. Moreland went 3 for 22 at the dish and they were all singles. His slash line was an abysmal .136/.208/.136 and he only managed to drive in 3 runs. What’s worse, you ask? He struck out 10 times and left 16 runners on base. This is a tough look for an offense that has had some troubles with runners in scoring position as of late.
Pitching Disaster of the Week: Craig Kimbrel
Kimbrel has not looked himself this past week. He pitched 3 innings and gave up 2 runs with an ERA of 6.00. The concerning part is that in his 3 innings, he only gave up 1 hit but managed to walk 5 batters. The good news is that the strikeouts are still there (5 strike outs, 15.00 K/9) and he did keep the ball in the yard.
Highlight Reel Play of the Week: Broadcasters eat some grasshoppers
Sure, there were some plays on the field, but who would have thought that Jerry Remy and Dave O’Brien would be eating some grasshoppers for good luck? I sure did not.
Fun With Numbers: 31
31 points exist between the Red Sox batting average against RHP and LHP. Those numbers are .268 and .237. Batting average is not everything, but it is cause for alarm that the Sox cannot seem to hit LHP. 31 also happens to be the number Drew Pomeranz wears when he is actually pitching.
Story Lines to Watch:
Dave Latham takes a look at Rafael Devers and how he has seemingly broken out of his season-long struggles. It is a welcome sight, especially when there is struggles happening elsewhere on the diamond.
Is Jackie Bradley Jr. Unlucky?
The struggles of JBJ have been real this year, from his defense to his offense. Is it just him having a string of bad luck or is it something else? Patrick Green firmly believes that JBJ has been unlucky this year, and he makes his case as to why.
That’s it for this edition of the Red Sox Had a Week! Tune in next week for another round!