Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Weekly Red Sox Hitter Notes: July 28th

Pablo Sandoval broke out of a slump over the weekend to record back-to-back multi-hit games.
By Adam Lowenstein (@StatsAdam)

After seeing how Joe Kelly pitched on Monday, this looks to be a very up-hill climb for the Red Sox. With the team scoring eight runs against the Chicago White Sox, just after plating 11 on Sunday in the rubber match win over the Detroit Tigers, Boston should be winning more games.

If the offense can continue to be consistent, then the pitching needs to hold up its end of the bargain.

CF Mookie Betts seems to have found his hitting stroke again, as he collected three hits on Monday. In addition, he has reached base in each of his last seven games.

LF Hanley Ramirez
had a six-game hitting streak until Monday’s 0-for-5 performance, but he did drive in his first run since before the All-Star break. Unfortunately, Monday marked his 12th consecutive game without a home run.

SS Xander Bogaerts, who has the most hits of any shortstop this season, did not get a hit on Monday; it was only the third game in July in which Bogaerts was unable to hit safely.

DH David Ortiz slugged his 20th home run of the season on Monday after driving in a career-best seven runs the day before. He has five home runs in his last seven games and is just 14 away from 500 for his career.

1B Mike Napoli was at the plate for only four pitches in the first game of the Red Sox’s series against the White Sox, as he struck out and was ejected after he bounced his helmet and it hit home plate umpire Toby Basner. The 0-for-1 performance stopped his streak of reaching in nine straight games.

3B Pablo Sandoval broke out of a 0-for-19 slump on Sunday and made it back-to-back days with multiple hits on Monday. With his 14th double of the season in the 10-8 loss, Sandoval is well on his way to 20 doubles for the seventh consecutive year.

RF/LF Alejandro De Aza pinch-hit for Rusney Castillo on Monday at Fenway Park and singled and walked in his two plate appearances. This was arguably his best performance since the All-Star break. He has struck out at least once in each of his starts since most of Major League Baseball took some time off for the Mid-Summer Classic.

C Ryan Hanigan
has surprisingly not walked in any of his last four games, but he has put together a four-game hitting streak. He is just one game away from matching his season-best streak and two away from his longest since 2012.

2B Jemile Weeks
, who is with the Red Sox mostly because Deven Marrero was not eligible to return to the team on Sunday, has taken advantage of his short amount of playing time thus far. Weeks is a combined 3-for-6: he had a run scored on Sunday, and he drove in a run on Monday.

BN/Utility Man Brock Holt has struggled since representing the Red Sox with a stolen base and a run in the All-Star Game. Before hyperextending his left knee on Sunday, he had five singles, one double and zero walks in 29 plate appearances (.214 on-base percentage and .250 slugging percentage). He will look to turn things around, as he hopes to return to the lineup on Tuesday.

DL/2B Dustin Pedroia
was placed back on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with his right hamstring strain returning during a 1-for-22 road trip.

Angels RF Shane Victorino is now in Houston after being traded for infielder Josh Rutledge. It was nice to see Cuban outfielder Castillo start in right field, reach twice and score twice after being recalled from Pawtucket.

For more sports coverage, follow Adam Lowenstein on Twitter at @StatsAdam. Statistics used from Baseball-Reference.com.

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