After every series, we'll take stock of how each individual and group performance affects their overall value.
Carl Crawford: Carl's in the middle of a five-game hitting streak, and clubbed a homer last night, so maybe I'm being harsh on him. But he still has among the worst at bats I've ever seen. At least once a game he shows a Wily Mo-esque understanding of the strike zone.
Dustin Pedroia: We need more out of Dustin is we're going to turn this thing around. Hitting .265 with a .319 OBP isn't cutting it. I know his stats are held down by a rough start, but we need him to go on one of his power streaks where he goes 12 for 20 with five homers. That's always fun. Maybe Bobby should hit him clean-up to get him started, he always seems to love that.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia: Three hits on the series, but he's still a strikeout machine, with five against the Tigers. Even Rick Porcello struck him out twice, and Porcello isn't exactly Justin Verlander.
Will Middlebrooks: Will's got a nine-game hitting streak going. His power seems to have topped off a bit, and he's not showing much plate discipline (.300 AVG, .329 OBP), but that might come with age.
Clay Buchholz was good again, but with Beckett's injury and Aaron Cook falling back to being Aaron Cook, it's hard to be excited about the starters. I'm hopeful that Morales can be a good part of it. And we were fortunate that Beckett's injury didn't tax the bullpen thanks both to the shortened game and K-ton Mortensen's emergency call-up.
Two out of three against the Tigers is a good sign. Still plenty of faults, but things are looking up. Of course, it will all come down to starting pitching, and you notice the red arrow there. They've gotta get the rotation straightened out.