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We will discuss weekly awards as well! Stats are from Friday-Thursday of each week.
Red Sox Record: 4-1 vs Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees
Hitter of the Week: Mookie Betts
The offense was firing on all cylinders this past week. It’s a tough award to give when there was a few standout performers, but I’ll go with Mookie Betts. Mookie said he had already peaked in 2016, but that may not be the case. He went 8 for 20 with a slash line of .400/.458/.800. His OPS was 1.258 and he hit 1 home run and 5 doubles. Surprisingly, he only left 4 men on base, while there were some other hitters leaving a lot more.
Pitcher of the Week: Rick Porcello
Porcello had the luxury of starting twice this week, but he performed admirably in the week as well. He went 14 1/3 innings and gave up 8 hits and 3 earned runs. His ERA was a sparkling 1.88 and his WHIP was a minuscule 0.56. He struck out 13 batters and collected 2 wins. The Red Sox will be just fine if this Rick Porcello shows up more often than not.
Hitting Slump of the Week: Rafael Devers
Speed bump for a young hitter! Devers had a tough week. He went 3 for 18 and left 12 runners on base. Yikes. 2 of his 3 hits were for extra bases, but he struck out 6 times as well. There’s signs of life in his bat, and the power is there, but the Red Sox must be looking for more consistency from Devers over at the hot corner.
Pitching Slump of the Week: Heath Hembree
The bullpen has been choppy all year, but this week highlighted why Matt Barnes and Heath Hembree should no longer take the mound in games that are remotely close. Heath Hembree pitched 2 and 2/3 innings and gave up 3 runs and a home run. That’s a 10.15 ERA. He did strikeout 2 batters, but he also allowed an inherited runner to score and just couldn’t seem to keep it together.
Highlight Reel Play of the Week: J.D. Martinez Grand Slam against the New York Yankees.
JD Martinez welcomes himself to the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry with a grand slam! pic.twitter.com/nC3e9RNdo9
— Sports Daily (@SportsDGI) April 12, 2018
Martinez hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire, but it was nice to see a shot straight out of the ballpark to pull close to the Yankees.
This Week in Red Sox History:
In 1992, Roger Clemens and Matt Young teamed up to hold the Cleveland Indians to 2 hits over the course of a double header. Matt Young never gave up a hit, but was never credited with a no hitter because he only went 8 innings. He lost because he walked 7 batters and there was an error.
The Red Sox lost to the Yankees in their 2nd meeting of the season. Gabe Faulkner details the game and the fight that broke out that will surely make for an entertaining season.
The Red Sox are on the west coast against Shohei Ohtani and the LA Angels.
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.