June review: A month to forget

The Red Sox went 13-14 in the month of June, posting their first losing month of 2007. Despite their slide, they still enjoy a 10 1/2 game lead on the Toronto Blue Jays, and an 11 game lead over Roger Clemens and the New York Yankees in the standings.

The offense suffered this month, scoring only 112 runs, the second fewest in the AL next to the hapless Chicago White Sox. The lineup posted a composite .264/.348/.413 line, which is not terrible. The team OPS was .761, good for 8th in the AL, yet the lack of clutch hitting led to a lot of wasted baserunners.

The pitching staff continued to perform at a tremendous pace, finishing second in team ERA at 3.83 and second in runs allowed with 112 in June. Opponents hit .251 against Boston this month, also good for 2nd in the AL. The only better staff belongs to the Oakland Athletics. The rotation has been great of late, and the bullpen is starting to firm up with the callup of Manny Delcarmen and as Mike Timlin tries to get healthy.

Top performers for June

In five starts, Daisuke Matsuzaka went 2-2 with a 1.59 ERA on the month. He allowed only 22 hits in 34 IP (that’s nearly 7 innings per start!). His WHIP was a stellar 1.09, and he was second to Papelbon in K/9 at 11.12. The lack of run support really robbed him this month; he should really be at 11 or 12 wins right now.

J.D. Drew has found his way back, and hit .325/.404/.558 in June with a team-high 15 RBI. We need him to be able to produce like this from the five hole the rest of the year.

David Ortiz hit .326/.439/.539 with 48 total bases. The power numbers, however, are down, and Ortiz managed just 11 RBI for the month.

With Curt Schilling out and Tim Wakefield being inconsistent, Julian Tavarez really stepped up and went 2-1 with a 3.30 ERA for June.

Dustin Pedroia went .333/.410/.473 in June with 10 doubles and a home run, and could make a serious push for rookie of the year at this rate.

Jonathan Papelbon is back to his dominating old self. His velocity is up, and that shoulder looks good. He saved 6 games in June, with a 0.84 ERA and an unbelieveable 0.47 WHIP.

Hideki Okajima had a great June, posting 2 wins and 3 holds in 12 outings with a 0.68 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. This guy has been as lights out as Papelbon at times. His strikeout rate has been down a little, but I don’t care much, so long as he keeps laying goose eggs.

Coco Crisp hit .330/.362/.455  this month, so get off his back, people. He can really contribute if he can keep this up, even at the bottom of the order.


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