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: July 1, 2018 – Source: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North Americ from Zimbio.com)
Red Sox record: 56-29 (1st place tie AL East)
Record by opponent this week:
3-0 against the Los Angeles Angels
1-2 against the New York Yankees
Hitter of the Week: Rafael Devers
This week had a few hitters who were deserving of the award, but the tipping point was solely RBIs. Devers had a nice week slashing .375/.375/.708. Devers did not draw a walk, but he kept his strikeouts to a minimum with only 4 of them. The young left handed hitter smacked 2 home runs, 2 doubles and had 9 hits in total to go along with 7 RBIs. He also stole a bag too!
Starting Pitcher of the Week: Chris Sale (2 time winner!)
Chris Sale really did what an ace was supposed to do this past week. He went into the Bronx and put up 7 innings of shut out baseball. The lefty struck out 11 batters and amazingly only walked 1 batter. Sale got the run support he desperately had been looking for and came away with a win.
Reliever of the Week: Craig Kimbrel
Kimbrel did exactly what a team would want their closer to do. He pitched 2.1 innings and struck out 5 of those batters while not allowing a hit even though he did walk 2 batters. It was harmless, as he was able to work around the walks and not give up any runs. He also was able to work around a couple of inherited runners en route to picking up 2 saves and showing why he is one of the best closers in baseball.
Hitting Disaster of the Week: Mitch Moreland (2 time winner)
It has gone kind of downhill for Mitch Moreland as of late, and this week did not offer any relief for the left handed hitter. He managed to only have 3 hits the entire week to produce a meager .150 batting average. He struck out 6 times in his 21 plate appearances for a 28.6% K rate. His OPS turned out to be a miserable .390. No matter how one slices the week Moreland had, it was an ugly one.
Pitching Disaster of the Week: David Price
Arguably Joe Kelly could have won this award, but David Price wins it because of his lack of fortitude in the Bronx. David Price threw 9.1 innings and gave up 9 runs, 6 home runs while allowing 14 hits overall. That gives him a whopping .786 slugging percentage against him for the week. Most of the damage was done in the start against the Yankees with his 8 runs and 5 home runs. Consistency is what fans expect of him because of his high price tag and he did not deliver and he proved once again that he is not a big game pitcher.
Highlight Reel Play of the Week: Jackie Bradley Jr.with an outstanding catch
Besides the fact that Jackie Bradley might not be offering much at the plate he is still finding ways to contribute. He robs Aaron Hicks of an extra base hit and keeps Chris Sale’s gem alive.
Fun With Numbers: 6
Number of games the Red Sox have played against the Angels. It’s coincidentally the number of games the Red Sox have won against the Angels as well. They swept the season series and sent the Angels packing all 6 times they matched up.
Story Lines to Watch:
Andrew Benintendi’s Baserunning
Benintendi seemed to be a mess on the bases at the beginning of the year. Has he come around to being a good baserunner for the Red Sox? Patrick Green has all of the details for you here, and definitely keep an eye on this as the Red Sox try to cut down on baserunning mistakes.
Rafael Devers: Yankee Killer
The Yankees seem to have some of the Red Sox figured out this season. However, it looks like the Red Sox might have a Yankee killer in their midst. Dave Latham takes a look at how Rafael Devers has struck fear in the heart of Aaron Boone and his Yankees.
That’s it for this edition of the Red Sox Had a Week! Tune in next week for some more fun!