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When The Going Gets Tough - The Tough Go Over .500

By: Ira H. Perkins IV

Our Red Sox are on a six game winning streak and we couldn't be more thrilled. It's just simply put "awesome". We know the boys of summer weren't going to sit around with their tails in their hands for too long. I'll be the first to admit the first few series had me up on a fence there for awhile. Still in all Red Sox fans there is the shimmer of hope that never fizzles out. It has been exhilarating to watch the offense come to life and see a bullpen standout like it has; wouldn't you know it we are up and out of last place and sitting somewhere almost comfortably just over .500.

Here's some of the highlights that I think have helped us get onto this run. Over the span of this hot streak we have six guys hitting .300 or better. Those "sweet six" are Ellsbury, Pedroia, Lowell, Youkilis, Bay and Drew. These solid batting averages combined with the fact that it's nearly the entire offensive line-up producing these numbers are a clear indication that the problem with leaving men on base has sorted itself out for now at least. Those same six have combined for 4 HRs and 32 RBI! Even Tek and Papi who aren't hitting the ball at their full potential have a HR and 5 RBI together. This offense is dangerous and they are out right deadly when all the bats show up on the same night. We can expect at some point these numbers will dip but with the series against New York this weekend and only being a few games out of the lead I wouldn't expect it to happen anytime too soon.

How about that bullpen? We have a group of guys in there who have a combined ERA of 0.00 in 17.2 innings of baseball pitched, that to me is no far cry from amazing. Delcarmen, Okajima, Papelbon, Jones and Ramon Ramirez who picked up a win in relief has kept opposing teams off the board entirely and that strongly dictates the potential outcome of a game. Saito has a save during this run and Pap has two the other half haven't even been save opportunities and I'll take that to the bank. To the starters credit there have been some good outings which have given the bullpen the chance to not get too worked too soon which could be an issue down the stretch if our starter's take a long time to settle into their roles. The two most notable outings for me where Lester's 7 inning shutout and Masterson's solid 5 2/3 innings pitched for a shoulder fatigued Dice-K. I still am going to stand on the ground I made for myself in earlier blogs and predict overwhelming mound presence from the starters by season's end we just need to get everyone healthy and comfortable in their rotation spot. Until then this Sox fan could settle for a sweep of the Yankees over this upcoming weekend.


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