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Mike Napoli named A.L. player of the week

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After off-season sleep apnea surgery, first baseman Mike Napoli had a very rough start. Hitting below .200 just up until this week. Every Red Sox fan I have talked too was ripping him. Saying “he needs to be out of the line-up”. However, manager John Farrell kept inserting him into the line-up.
Then a shocking thing happened. Napoli was named AL player of the week. Why was he? After last week, Mike finally seems to be hitting the stride that was expected after the surgery.
Napoli hit .429 leading all of baseball with 25 total bases in 6 total games. He also hit 5 homers in 6 games after only hitting 3 in the previous 33 games. His RBI total reached 10 during this span.

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Napoli’s average went up 37 points to now .211. Can we expect this all season? It is too quick to tell. However, this is a great sign for a struggling Boston offense.


Coming Home

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After a long ten game road trip, the Red Sox are officially coming home to start up a three game series with Texas followed by another three game series with Los Angles. Boston went 5-5 on the recent road trip.

Boston’s pitching has been showing an improvement since the arrival of new Carl Willis. This improvement however comes at a time where the offense has been on the down slide. Yes the offense! Boston has just scored 11 runs in the last 6 games. With a line up filled with heavy hitters like Hanley Ramirez, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, and Pablo Sandavol, this is absurd.

In the Texas Series, Boston will face Yovani Gallardo, Wandy Rodriguez, and a pitcher to be determined. The Red Sox will put to the mound Wade Miley, Joe Kelly, and Clay Buchholz. Miley who had been struggling to start the year has finally hit a groove and had his best outing of the season his last appearance. In the second game Joe Kelly gets the nod. Joe is 1-2 on the year but has shown some promise in most of his outings. In the series finale, Clay Buchholz will get the ball. Clay looked like old Clay, pitching outstanding, giving up one run, striking out 11.

Currently the Red Sox sit 3.5 games back in the American League East. They trail both the Rays and the Rival Yankees. They look to gain ground within the next 6 home games before heading back on the road to Minnesota.

Swihart Era Beginning Early

After a great spring, batting .389, Blake Swihart made his much anticipated debut for your Boston Red Sox this past weekend against the New York Yankees. Blake went 1 for 7 in his first two games up in the big leagues. His lone hit was a single in his first game.

Before being called up, Swihart was hitting .338 in 18 total games for Pawtucket this season. He totaled 23 hits including 3 extra base hits.

The 23-year old, Swihart is said to be the future of the Red Sox and as a huge fan I am excited to see the Future now. Rated the number 1 catching prospect in 2011, Blake batted .602 in his senior year of high school. Blake is Boston’s number rated prospect.

The call-up was very urgent as Boston’s starting catcher Ryan Hanigan sustained an injury this past week. Being placed on the 60-day DL, Hanigan was hit by a ball while catching a pitch and fractured his right hand. Ryan is expected to be out until at least the All-Star break.

Unless the Sox, make a move for another catcher, Blake seems to be here for a long time. Hopefully, we transitions well to the big leagues as he has with every league he has performed in.

Series Preview

Tonight wraps up the end of a three game set against Tampa for the Sox. As the team will head to Baltimore for another three game series with the O’s starting tomorrow at Camden Yards. This will be the second series with the Birds on this young campaign with the series tied at 2 apiece.

In the first matchup, we will see get to see Rick Porcello face off against Miguel Gonzalez. Porcello has a record of 1-2 with 6.63 ERA while Gonzalez is 2-1, 2.55 ERA. This will be Porcello’s second start against the O’s this year after not fairing too well the first outing going 5 innings letting up 12 hits and eight earned runs.

In the second game, Justin Masterson will face off against Wei-Yin Chen. Masterson is 2-0 with 5.74 ERA early on however has shown some control issues in his early starts. Chen on the other hand is 0-1 with a 3.07 ERA. Masterson career stats at Camden are not to promising as he is just 2-4 with a 7.71 ERA.

In the final game, we will get to see Red Sox newcomer Wade Miley make his first career start at Camden Yards. On the season, he is 1-1 with a 6.08 ERA. Miley will be opposed by Bud Norris who is having his own struggles early on posting a record of 0-2 and an ERA of 17.42.

This will be the Red Sox first trip to Baltimore of the season as they hope to continue their good start to the season.


Sox in First, I repeat the Sox are in First

Red Sox in first place? You heard that right! After splitting the weekend series with the birds, the Boston Red Sox are atop the American League East with a record of 8-5. Should we be worried about being ranked 27th out of 30th in team era at 4.73 though?

 In my opinion, I do not think we should be worried about these numbers. The season is still young, only being 13 games in so the high earned run average should not be worrisome. Especially since the offense is averaging 5.25 runs per game which is tied for 5th in the majors. If the offense keeps producing at this rate, I believe we will see the Sox competing in all their games this season.

So we shouldn’t be worried at all? At the moment the only thing I am worried about is our old friend Clay and our new pal Wade. Buchholz’s ERA right now is 6.06 in only 16.1 innings. These numbers need to be much better for the so called “ace” of the staff. Then with there’s Wade Miley at 10.57 in only 7.2 innings. This is kind of scary considering he has already started two games.

                You may also look at Rick Porcello’s numbers too (6.63) but like I said it’s early. His stuff has looked good in his three games besides the home runs (5). However, I think he will cut down on that and will be the pitcher we paid for.

                All in all, the Red Sox will be perfectly fine. Is worst to first to worst to first a possibility? At this point in time, it is way too early to tell. However, from what I have seen the Bo-Sox will be a team in contention all season long.