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We will discuss weekly awards as well! Stats are from Friday-Thursday of each week.
Hitter of the Week: Sandy Leon
This week was a quiet offensive week with a lot of guys not getting a ton of ABs (and the ones that did far under performed expectations). I’m handing this to Sandy Leon for a couple of reasons. There is a bit of a battle for a catcher slot, and his roster spot could be in jeopardy. What does he do this week? In 6 ABs, Leon had 3 hits, 2 of which were home runs in the same game. He had 2 RBI and only struck out 1 time in 6 chances. He had a ridiculous .571 OBP with a 2.071 OPS over the past week. It’s 6 ABs, but he’s making a case to stay on the roster.
Pitcher of the Week: Chris Sale
I’m starting to wonder how many times Chris Sale is going to win this award. He pitched more than everyone else this week (though it was the way the week lined up and what not), but he was so dominant. Sure, it’s Spring Training, but let’s not forget that he is trying out something different this year for the long haul. Sale pitched 9 innings, gave up 1 run, 4 hits and struck out 12 batters. His WHIP was a 0.44, he didn’t even walk someone in the 9 innings. If this is the Sale we get all year, his name is the one to beat each week.
Hitting Slump of the Week: Jackie Bradley Jr.
I’m also wondering how many times I’m going to write this name here. JBJ has a long history of cold streaks for long periods of time, and it is frustrating to watch. He had 9 ABs this week, only had one hit. He did not walk once, but the plus side is he only struck out 1 time. Hopefully he can turn it around heading into the season and hit the ground running.
Pitching Slump of the Week: Roenis Elias
This was a tough one. It could have been Brandon Workman, but I go with Elias for one specific reason – he walked 4 batters in comparison to Workman’s 1 batter. He gave up 4 runs in 2.2 innings of work, which led to a 16.36 ERA. For someone trying to win a bullpen spot, this isn’t a very strong showing.
Highlight Reel Play of the Week: David Price Strong Debut
The Red Sox need David Price to be good this year. This is Spring Training, but Price came out swinging in his first appearance. Let’s hope this translates into the regular season and we get to see 2 Cy Young caliber pitchers in Sale and Price for the Red Sox.
This Week in Red Sox History:
Back on March 15th, 2000, the Red Sox combined to pitch a perfect game in Spring Training against the Blue Jays. Pedro Martinez, Fernando De La Cruz, Dan Smith, Rheal Cormier, Rich Garces, and Rod Beck were the pitchers that kept the Blue Jays from reaching base for 9 innings that day.
Story Lines to Watch:
5th Starter Slot is Still Open
The 5th starter is left vacant with the injuries to Eduardo Rodriguez and to Steven Wright. Who is emerging in the race to claim that 5th slot? Cody Collins give his thoughts on who he thinks it will be.
The Red Sox seemed to have an issue with leadership last year. Between the David Price/Dennis Eckersley incident, and the Manny Machado gaffe, it’s safe to say they need to look to some other guys. Chris Drosehn details just who might be those guys.
Tough Roster Decisions
The good news is the Red Sox don’t have a lot of position battles going on in Spring Training. The bad news is there are some guys who might get cut. Ben Kairalla examines Blake Swihart against Deven Marrero, who are both out of options and probably would not be able to pass through waivers.
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.