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Sox Sphere is now presenting a weekly series that will come out on Friday during the season. This is your one stop shop for Red Sox story lines, trivia, stats and highlights.
We will discuss weekly awards as well! Stats are from Friday-Thursday of each week.
Hitter of the Week: Rafael Devers
Devers did a lot of things right in Fort Myers this week. In 11 ABs, Devers amassed 6 hits, two of which were home runs, a double, with 2 RBI. He batted a ridiculous .545 with a 1.182 slugging percentage and a 1.727 OPS. He was on fire this week in Spring Training, for what the stats at this point in the year are worth.
Pitcher of the Week: Justin Haley
Haley pitched 5 innings to a 1.80 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. He accumulated a hold and only gave up 1 run. The only knock against him is the lack of strikeouts, as he only registered 1 during his 5 innings of work.
Hitting Slump of the Week: Tzu-Wei Lin
Lin had a pretty good showing in the big leagues last year, but it didn’t quite translate this past week. In 11 ABs he only had 1 hit and only managed 1 walk. His .091 average, coupled with a paltry .167 OBP earns him this award.
Pitching Slump of the Week: Fernando Rodriguez
Man, spring isn’t going so well for this guy. This week he put up 3 innings and 5 ER. That gives him a whopping 15.00 ERA on the week. Add in his 3.00 WHIP and 15.00 hits per 9 innings and it’s clear this guy needs to figure it out.
Highlight Reel Play of the Week: Devers and Bogaerts Go Back to Back on March 6th
Given the lack of power on the Red Sox last year, this is huge to see two important guys going back to back.
This Week in Red Sox History:
Tony Conigliaro signed a contract with the Pawtucket Red Sox on March 5th, 1975 to begin his comeback. He won a spot on the opening roster for the Red Sox that year.
Story Lines to Watch:
Eduardo Nunez Starting:
We had hoped Dustin Pedroia would be back by opening day as he mentioned in an interview. Turns out, it’s not the case. Gabe Faulkner details Nunez starting at second base.
Pomeranz Exits with a Forearm Injury:
The rotation may have seemed thin, but now it gets a little thinner with Pomeranz out. What will the Red Sox do? Charles Krup has some insight on it (hint: it involves free agents)
Red Sox and Yankees Might Be Close:
Matthew Labeau hits the nail on the head here. He details each position and gives the advantage to either side. His comparison of JD Martinez and Giancarlo Stanton is an interesting one!
That’s all for this week’s edition of the Weekly Red Sox Wrap! Check back each week for Sox Sphere’s wrap up of all things Boston Red Sox.