Dustin Pedroia: Pedey did break the .300 mark again (.301) after a 2-for-5 game 1, and then fell below after a combined 2-for-9 games 2 and 3. He missed a big opportunity in a comeback bid in game 2, but did get a big wall-ball double in last night's game to keep the Sox alive. His hot streak is just around the corner, I can feel it.
Adrian Gonzalez: GOOSE EGGS! 0-for-11 with countless opportunities to put tie the game or put the Sox on top. He blew two big opportunities last night, one with the bases loaded and in the ninth following Pedey's double where Gonzo would have been the tying run. His .250 average makes me nauseous.
David Ortiz: Finally, someone that is producing consistently. Ortiz had the big 2-homer game to start the series, was silenced in game 2 for the most part, then came back with a 2-for-4 game 3. His .391 average is good for 2nd in the AL, just behind Josh Hamilton and his .395 average.
Nick Punto: I'm glad Middlebrooks was brought up to relieve his .174 batting average. He did draw 4 walks in the first two games so his OBP was great. His last hit was April 10th. He doesn't play very often, but that sucks.
Will Middlebrooks: I think he deserves a separate mention from the bench. That was a nice first impression we got from him in his major league debut. He swung the bat well and looked like a major league ball player.
The bench: McDonald gave us a flash of brilliance in the first game with the 3-for-4 performance with a homer, then sat for a majority of the final 2 games. He needs to do a lot more. Shoppach is Shoppach and Ryan Sweeney only had 5 at-bats, but he did come up with a hit and walk, so it wasn't that bad.
There was a brief moment in Buchholz's outing where he looked good. I guess Bard and Doubront also looked good for a short period of time. Overall, they sucked against a sub-par lineup. They all should have gone at least 7 and given up no more than 3 runs.
They did what they had to do. Starting pitching did all of the damages and the pen just stopped the bleeding. Game 1 was a bit of a challenge, but no further damage was done. I was pleased with their performances, especially compared to April.
They lost the series to an inferior team. The starters sucked and the offense couldn't get anything going in games 2 and 3. Some would blame the cold raw weather, but that wasn't the case for Oakland. I fear this weekend.