3 up, 3 down: Red Sox at the break
Sean McAdam has the positives and negatives from the first half
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That's 43 and 43 exactly 500. The Red Sox have been up and down an equal measure. But for the purpose of this segment. We'll start with some positives. From the first half of 2012. Daniel Nava was -- on the Red Sox radar this spring. In fact he wasn't even invited to the Major League portion of spring training. But because of injuries given the opportunity. Nobilo made the most for himself and for the club and making himself essentially the every day left fielder. I think every day the Dolphins. Signs for just one point five million dollars in the off season. Presented Padilla has been a revelation and an inexpensive one at bat. He's become the primary set up guy in the eighth inning and a good measure of how good he's been is that he's stranded all but three inherited runners this season. Add in the heat this pitch and his ongoing -- fast with -- Mark Teixeira. And that he has been pretty entertaining -- sure the rants about his contract and use of the word humiliating. And embarrassing. Got all. But David Ortiz did not in fact Ortiz looked very young. In the first half he was far and away both the most consistent. And most valuable Red Sox. Now a look at some of the downs from the first half. Adrian Gonzales was unselfish enough to play right field when asked and he played far better than anyone expected. -- what Gonzales didn't do was produce runs and he had just six homers in the first half and knocked in only 45 RBIs. That's not enough from a lineup that needs more from him. Like Gonzales. Dustin Pedroia gets points for selflessness. He injured his thumb in the first week of may and insisted on staying in the lineup for the next two months until finally going on the DL last week. But if you're going to play than the excuses go away and Pedroia made virtually no impact on the first half of the Red Sox. Last September Josh Beckett and Jon Lester combined to win just two games as the Red Sox a lot of the playoffs. In the off season they were the face of the chicken and beer scandal. And in the first half of this year. The Red Sox won just twelve of the bears' 32 starts. And upset.