3 Up, 3 Down: Who's helping & hurting Sox?

3 Up, 3 Down: Who's helping & hurting Sox?
August 11, 2012, 1:38 am
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Jessica Moran tries to find the silver lining among a disappointing Red Sox team, identifying the three hottest Red Sox right now.

Adrian Gonzalez gets top honors. After a rough first half of the season, in which many questioned whether he was able to produce in Boston, Gonzalez has been on a roll. He's currently riding a 9-game hitting streak, and is hitting .471 in the month of August.

Pedro Ciriaco deserves some recognition as well, hitting .341 this season with 4 hits in last 9 at-bats.

Will Middlebrooks has re-discovered his power stroke this week with two homers and six RBI.

As you can imagine, there wasn't much trouble finding three disappointments.

Bobby Valentine drew the ire of management after making a sarcastic remark to Middlebrooks after the rookie had a tough inning in the field.

Everyone's favorite whipping boy is on the "Down" list as well. Josh Beckett was nothing short of terrible in his last outing, allowing 8 earned runs against the Rangers, including three home runs. It's just another in a series of poor performances from a pitcher who seems to have checked out.

And finally. The Red Sox. Yes, the entire team. The final spot on the "Down" list goes to the whole team. The Sox have a 55-58 record and have lost 7-of-9. But hey, the Patriots are back in action...