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Red Sox Report Card August

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The Boston Red Sox roll into September with a fairly small but significant lead in the American League East division. While the season is far from over there's a good month of baseball yet to be played Boston has put itself in prime position to ensure advancement into the postseason.

August wasn't a spectacular month for the Sox, although they did manage to finish a handful of games over the .500 mark. The team did put together a fairly consistent performance, though the offense did generally outperform the defense. While said performance didn't put them at the top of the league in any given category, they were relatively near the top in just about everything very near in some cases.

Utter domination of the league would be nice, but in truth, staying the course and maintaining this level of relative consistency should be more than enough to keep the Red Sox playing into October.

On to the Report Card.

Hitting A-

This grade might seem a bit on the high side, but perspective is a wonderful thing. The Red Sox offense was actually quite strong in the month of August particularly in the slash stats. The team ranked second, second and third in the league respectively in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage; the only stronger offense overall was Detroit's. Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia led the way, each having exceptional months; Will Middlebrooks has also raked since his recall from the minor leagues. Daniel Nava and Jacoby Ellsbury have also played well. These performances make up for relatively lackluster outputs from mainstays such as Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes and the recently slumping David Ortiz.

Starting Pitching B

The Boston rotation definitely lagged behind the offense in terms of production over the course of the past month, though perhaps not as much as you might think. While they didn't reach the top tier of performance for the month, they definitely sit atop the second tier. Given their offense, that was good enough more often than not. The overall performance of the rotation is dragged down significantly by the rough month suffered by Ryan Dempster, who has posted an ERA approaching seven over his past five starts. Beyond Dempster, the rotation has actually been solid; Jon Lester, John Lackey and Jake Peavy have pitched very well, with Felix Doubront just a tick behind them. 

Bullpen B

The month of August was a tale of two bullpens for the Red Sox. The top performers have been extremely good. Koji Uehara looked sensational in his 10 appearances, striking out more than a batter an inning while neither blowing a save nor giving up a run. Junichi Tazawa has been very good as well, albeit with a pair of blown saves, and Craig Breslow matched Uehara in not giving up a run all month. However, on the flip side are guys like Drake Britton, Brandon Workman and Rubby de la Rosa, who were all hit hard over the course of the month. Of course, if your primary complaint about your bullpen is sub-par middle relief, odds are that you're in decent shape going forward.

Defense B-

This could just as easily be a C+. This team remains squarely in the middle, solidly average in terms of the glove. There are a couple of strong glove men on the team guys like Pedroia and Ellsbury and maybe Victorino but there are also relative statues like Mike Napoli out there. For the most part, these guys managed to stop most of the balls they could get to they just couldn't get to as many as perhaps some other teams could. Still, the Red Sox aren't built on defensive excellence. Their prowess with the gloves was and is good enough.


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