Bruce Chen, guys. Bruce effing Chen. I mean, being inept against that rookie lefty in Houston was somewhat understandable, but Chen? Really?
- That first inning…could’ve gone a lot better. Jon Lester didn’t have his best stuff, but Jonny Gomes definitely showed why he’s paid to be a hitter. (Lester can’t recover in 1st after Gomes’ error)
- Mike Napoli‘s strikeouts were projected to be tolerable, considering the power he has. Now he’s got a career low in slugging percentage and moves are being made. (Napoli dropped in order)
- What made Jake Peavy so dominating was his overpowering stuff. After a velocity drop, he evolved, and acquired pinpoint control instead. It’s done wonders. (Peavy’s evolution as a pitcher has led to renewed success)
- Hurry up and come back, David Ross. We miss your lefty-killing bat and the way you belt Shania Twain from the dugout. (David Ross recovered from concussion, ready to begin minor league rehab assignment)
- Here’s a name we haven’t heard in a while: Alex Hassan might be very, very relevant soon. He’s showing very promising strides at Triple-A Pawtucket. (The transformation of Red Sox prospect Alex Hassan)
- Garin Cecchini is blazing his way through the minor leagues, seemingly determined to keep the Red Sox’ third base problem a short-term thing. (Garin Cecchini plows ahead)
- He still hopes to come back to the majors, but Daniel Bard must work his way to The Show. A returned-to-form Bard could be a very valuable bullpen asset. (Daniel Bard Is Still Banking On Helping These Red Sox)
Chip was frustrated too.