Often times, analysis of baseball is about as exciting as John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi having a dueling press-conference. We often read articles that leave is scratching our heads and wondering exactly “what” league the writer is actually watching. And so it it with Jonathan Bernhardt’s “Sports on Earth” article linked below. His analysis: Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamachia are the hottest bats in the Red Sox line-up. Nava-yes. Saltalamachia decidedly not so. The offensive output that has propelled the Red Sox into an unlikely division lead has come from almost every spot on the line-up card. If Will Middlebrooks can deposit three long balls in Toronto in one game, another last night at Fenway (and play some small ball in between) how does he not make this list. He certainly strikes out LESS than Salty. Ellsbury is routinely singling and doubling, Gomes has been good in a clutch and Mile Napoli is hitting the ball like he is possessed with the ghost of Ted Williams. It makes you wonder….what is Jonathan watching?
Boston is a very strong contender to win a wide-open, flawed AL East, especially if the Blue Jays’ woes continue. The big question the Red Sox face is on the other side of the ball. Right now their production is coming from Jarrod Saltalamacchia and an ungodly hot Daniel Nava, while the rest of their hitters are cold or pedestrian; however, David Ortiz returned with a bang on Saturday and looks ready to pick up where he left off.
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