After this weekend's disaster against the Blue Jays, there's very little news aside from maybe trading Josh Beckett or a Fenway brick liquidation sale that would improve the ugly attitude that's taken over Red Sox Nation.
For instance: Adrian Gonzalez has been named American League Player of the Week!
But since we spent so much time ranking on Gonzalez for his early struggles, it's worth taking a second to recognize his success.
According to the people who keep track this sort of thing, this is the sixth Player of the Week award of Gonzalez's career. He batted .429 (12-for-28) with three home runs, 12 RBI and five runs scored in seven games from July 15-22.
But more interesting than a silly Player of the Week award is a hit chart that was just tweeted out by ESPN Stats & Info. Go ahead. Have a look.
It shows that since June 26, Gonzalez is hitting .484 on at-bats that end on an outside pitch. This after hitting .210 before that.
This isn't an enormous surprise, seeing how often Gonzalez has gone to the opposite field recently. But it's another very encouraging sign for the Sox apathetic slugger. You can tell he's really found a groove. And when you consider that in another week or so, he'll likely be hitting fifth behind, Ellsbury, Crawford, Pedroia and Ortiz, it's safe to say there will be a few extra ducks on the pond when Gonzalez does his damage. That's good news.
And so is the Player of the Week award, I guess, even if it pales in comparison to the Sox recent struggles.
However, there's one slightly scary footnote on all this:
The last time Gonzalez won Player of the Week?
August 28, 2011
Let's hope the Sox respond better this time around.