Jon Lester isn't the only Red Sox hurler who needs to have a big week. Daniel Bard needs to show the team he belongs in the rotation.
Daniel Bard, SP, Boston Red Sox
He's slowly but surely forcing the Red Sox to remove him from the rotation. He needs a bounce-back performance against the Nationals after his awful outing against the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Derek Holland, SP, Texas Rangers
He'll make two starts this week: one against the Oakland A's and another against the San Francisco Giants. These are two weak-hitting clubs, but Holland didn't fare so well the last time he faced a weak-hitting club.
Philip Humber, SP, Chicago White Sox
He's been wildly inconsistent since his perfect game. The White Sox will hope that he can make the most of his starts against Toronto and Houston.
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Cleveland Indians
He has two starts lined up this week against Detroit and St. Louis. The Indians need him to stop being awful every time he takes the mound.
Cliff Pennington, SS, Oakland Athletics
He hasn't had a hit since May 22. In nine games since, he's 0-for-28.
Nick Swisher, RF, New York Yankees
He's in a modest slump, with four hits in his last 20 at-bats—none of which went for extra-bases.
B.J. Upton, CF, Tampa Bay Rays
He's three for his last 22 with one extra-base hit and two RBI.
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