One Second-Half Prediction for Every Boston Red Sox Player
The Boston Red Sox stand at 45-33 before its series against the Colorado Rockies and the team has been rather successful for the most part. Some of the losses have been forced by bad calls, lack of a true closer and some bad hitting, but a second-half push is needed in a division where the last place squad is only 5 and a half games out of first.
The Red Sox will need a strong push from all the players in the lineup and on the mound, so here are some projections of what they will do to finish off the season.
Clay Buchholz will finish the second half of the season with over 18 starts and will win 10 or more of those outings and will be in contention for Cy Young with an ERA around 2.50-3.00.
Jon Lester will finally find a groove and will get his ERA down to 3.20 for the second half of the season.
Ryan Dempster will finish with 200-plus innings. His ERA will float around 4.00, but he will keep the Red Sox in most of the game he starts.
John Lackey will win more games than he loses the rest of the way, but his ERA will go up to 4.00 or higher.
Felix Doubront will not last a full season due to too many innings again.
Allen Webster will get at least four wins as a starter for the Red Sox.
Alfredo Aceves will make at least five more starts.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia will launch 15 more home runs in the last three months of the season.
David Ross will get less playing time and will get his homer total to at least 10.
Ryan Lavarnway will use his new approach at the plate to stay up on the 25-man roster for at least 40 games.
Mike Napoli will begin to find his groove again and will reach 30 homers by the end of September.
David Ortiz will put his name in the MVP race with a huge month of August.
Will Middlebrooks will find his stroke back in Pawtucket and will crush 15 or more longballs at the major-league level before the season is done.
Jose Iglesias will take over at short and will continue to hit well on an everyday basis.
Stephen Drew will find his way onto the DL and will not reach the double digit home run mark.
Dustin Pedroia will contine to hit the ball and will be in contention for the AL batting title in the final games of the season.
Jacoby Ellsbury will find his power stroke and hit over 10 homers in the final 81 games.
Daniel Nava will continue his great season and will finish with a .300 average and at least 18 home runs.
Shane Victorino will stay healthy and will hit six home runs and steal 20 bases.
Jonny Gomes will hit at least two more walkoff homers
Mike Carp will make a name for himself off the bench and will hit a total of 17 longballs.
Andrew Bailey will get the closer's role back and make at least 10 more saves in 12 chances.
Junichi Tazawa will let up some longballs and may rest some in September when the roster expands to 40.
Koji Uehara will record 10 saves and will not blow a single opportunity.
Andrew Miller will allow only two homers the rest of the season.
Craig Breslow will keep his ERA under 2.00.
Franklin Morales will not pitch in the majors again in 2013.
Alex Wilson will put his name out there for rookie of the year with a long stretch of scoreless outings.
Clayton Mortenson will make a solid contribution with an ERA of 3.25 when he comes off the DL.