3 Up, 3 Down: Nava powers up

3 Up, 3 Down: Nava powers up
April 13, 2013, 1:30 am
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Sean McAdam checks in on the Red Sox after their first nine games with another edition of 3 Up, 3 Down.

The Red Sox have faced three division opponents, and currently sit at 5-4.

On the upswing:

* Daniel Nava

Nava has hit three homers in the last three games and is currently hitting .421 with 7 RBI.

He has recorded a hit in every game in which he's played and is making a case for more playing time in left field.

* Clay Buchholz

The resurrection of Buchholz has coincided with the return of John Farrell.

In two starts, Buchholz is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA.

He has 12 strikeouts over two outings and is anchoring the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Jon Lester.

* Andrew Bailey

Bailey is finally looking like the pitcher the Red Sox thought they were trading for last year.

In four appearances, Bailey has only allowed one hit, and a total of three baserunners.

He's averaging two strikeouts per inning, and has not yet been scored upon.

But everything isn't coming up roses on Yawkey Way. The 3 Down . . . 

* Joel Hanrahan

There's no way around it - the Red Sox have a struggling closer.

Hanrahan has allowed six earned runs in his last two outings and owns an 0-1 record with a bloated 11.57 ERA.

* Jackie Bradley Jr.

Things started hot for JBJ, but they've since cooled off in a major way.

Bradley is hitless in his last 14 at-bats. In fact, the last time he recorded a hit was April 5th.

He owns a .120 batting average and has struck out eight times.

* Middle of the Order

Yes, Will Middlebrooks had that prodigious power display in Toronto, but one power surge does not a season make.

The truth is, the middle of the order is struggling in the early going.

Middlebrooks, Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia have struck out a combined 33 times. That's a lot of unproductive outs in the middle of the lineup.

For more, check out the video above.