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Is it time to panic yet? Was going 6-1 last week just a pure illusion, like a spring of water amidst a daylong trek in the dusty Sahara desert? Did Bobby Valentine symbolically give up on the season by throwing in Darnell McDonald at pitcher to finish off (and lose) this past game against the Orioles on Sunday afternoon?
And what exactly about Fenway Park is inhospitable and uninviting to this current team? Why can’t they win at home? 4-10 record at home fellas, what the hell? Are us fans not spending enough money on beer and Fenway franks during this 100th year anniversary celebration of the park for your liking?
Here are this week’s awards, and such:
Best Hitter: Dustin Pedroia is the most engaged player on the Red Sox. Everything he does, he does to benefit his team, including showing up as early as five hours before game time to get ready. Oh, and he hit .333 this past week.
Best Pitcher: Scott Atchison- 5 games, 8 innings, 0 runs? Yes, please.
Biggest Surprise: Clayton Mortenson- the 25 year old who pitched 6.1 innings, only gave up one run and struck out 11. Whoa… Watch out for more of this kid.
Biggest Disappointment: Adrian Gonzalez- has been leaving a lot of guys on base at key moments this season. We can only hope that this rather unsavory characteristic disappears from our All-Star 1st baseman quickly.
Unsung Hero: Cody Ross- Our new “No bullshit” guy. Even though he strikes out a lot, he hits with a ton of power and will willingly hit anywhere in the lineup.
Injuries: Hopefully the 15 day DL can only help Kevin Youkilis’ lower back. He provides us with a lot of stability in the middle of the lineup (when he’s hitting well…)
Biggest Bum: Nick Punto- 0-8 this past week. Struck out 4 times.
Coming Up: There’s not much to say anymore. Things we’re looking bright(er) last week, but after this lackluster 1-5 performance this past seven days, they NEED to pick up the pace at 11-16 – last in the American League East. This coming week, they have three at Kansas City and then four against the Indians back at Fenway. I really refuse to believe that the Baltimore Orioles can retain their first place standing much longer. The AL East is WIDE open with the Yankees losing their rock solid closer Mariano Rivera, but our guys don’t seem to want to pounce on the vulnerable division…
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