3 Up, 3 Down: First half analysis

3 Up, 3 Down: First half analysis
July 19, 2014, 7:15 pm
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The All Star break gave everyone a chance to catch up on some R&R and it also gave Jessica Moran some time to analyze the first half of the Red Sox season. Here are the 3 Up, 3 Down winners/losers from a disappointing first half.

3 Up

Jon Lester

Lester is doing everything he can to make the Red Sox regret not locking him up in spring training. Coming out of the All Star break, Lester leads the team in ERA, strikeouts and quality starts.  

Koji Uehara

Uehara has managed to repeat last season's dominance, converting 18-of-20 save opportunities in the first half. 

The 39-year-old has a 1.65 ERA and opponents are hitting just .179 against him. 

Brock Holt

Nobody could have imagined that Holt would produce the way he did in the first half. 

Holt hit .327 in more than 250 at bats and solidified the top of the Red Sox order. 

He gave the team a much needed super-utility player, and so far has played seven different positions. 

3 Down

Red Sox front office

No surprise here. 

After winning the World Series, the Red Sox front office locked away the checkbook and took a minimalist approach to the offseason.

Of the few moves the team did make this winter, two additions have already been released.

Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia signed the lengthy extension last year but has struggled throughout most of the first half of the season. 

The second baseman recorded just four homers in first half, and his OPS is 100 points lower than his career average.

Clay Buchholz

Buchholz was ineffective in the early going and then found himself on the DL to sort things out.

He finished the first half with an ERA of 5.42 and opponents hit nearly .300 off the righty.

In 14 starts, Buchholz managed just four wins.