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Red Sox Report Card April

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We're a month into the 2013 Major League Baseball season and things are looking awfully good so far for the Boston Red Sox. They're sitting at the top of the division and performing well in just about every aspect of the game. 

While they've had to deal with some injuries, the general esprit de corps of this team has made them a pleasure to watch a far cry from the frankly unlikeable squads Boston has sported over the past couple of seasons. Regardless, it's nice to have baseball back.

On to the Report Card.

Hitting B+

The Red Sox offense has looked strong in April. The team is at or near the top in the American League in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. They're ranked in the bottom third in home runs, but they sit third overall in runs scored. These guys are doing some serious hitting. Dustin Pedroia is leading the way with a .330 average. Jacoby Ellsbury has 11 stolen bases already this season, while Mike Napoli is among the league leaders in RBI. Add to that David Ortiz's blazing hot start since returning from injury and you've got an offense that's going places.

Starting Pitching A

As good as the offense has been, the rotation has been just as strong. Boston is third in the league in ERA and leads the AL in strikeouts. Clay Buchholz has been arguably the best starter in the league in April, sporting five wins and an ERA just over one while striking out more than a batter per inning. Jon Lester has been almost as good in winning four games. Ryan Dempster is striking out a ton of batters and putting up good numbers, though his record doesn't reflect it. Felix Doubront hasn't been great, but he's been a serviceable fourth starter. This bunch is looking good.

Bullpen B-

The Red Sox bullpen has been uneven in April. The good pitchers guys like Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara and current closer Andrew Bailey have been very good. They've looked like world beaters. However, the flip side is guys like Andrew Miller, Clay Mortenson and currently-injured former closer Joel Hanrahan. They have seen some pretty serious struggles. Still, the good definitely outweighs the bad at this point. If the guys who are dealing can keep it up and the strugglers can pick it up, this is a bullpen that no one will want to face.

Defense B

Defensively, Boston has been doing a generally decent job. They've been catching the ball pretty consistently only two American League teams have committed fewer errors. However, they haven't been turning a lot of double plays (although the lack of baserunners allowed by the pitching has something to do with that) and they are near the bottom in terms of allowing stolen bases. Still, with everything else that this team currently has going for it, they're doing just fine with the gloves.

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