Recapping the highs and lows of the first half for the Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox came into 2015 with huge expectations after a big offseason, but they have since failed to fulfill those expectations. Heading into the All-Star break, they sit in last place in the AL East – but they’re not completely out of it. They’re only 6.5 games back and have an offense poised to make a big run in the second half. Here’s a list of highs and lows from the first half of baseball. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
May 2: Blake Swihart makes MLB debut
It was just a matter of time before Boston called up their top prospect, but it was probably a bit sooner than they expected. Blake Swihart was recalled because of injuries ahead of him, but gave fans a glimpse of his potential in his short time in the bigs. (Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports)
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May 9: Red Sox option Allen Craig
When the Red Sox acquired Allen Craig, they envisioned him as a productive bat that can play an outfield corner, first base or DH. He played the field decently enough, but just could not get it going at the plate. In 24 games in 2015, he hit just .135 and was optioned to Triple-A, where he is hitting .276 with 14 RBI in 50 games. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)
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July 1: Rick Porcello loses seventh-straight game
Porcello was acquired in the offseason for Yoenis Cespedes and was given a contract extension shortly thereafter. He has hardly lived up to the contract, yielding a 5.40 ERA in the first half. His low point, however, came July 1, when he lasted just two innings. He gave up seven runs in his seventh-straight loss. (Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports)
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July 4: Clay Buchholz tosses a complete game
Buchholz, heading into his contract year, was expected to be the ace of an ace-less staff – he has done just that this season, being the rock of the rotation. On July 4, he tossed a complete game for his fourth win in a row. If he can keep up this production in the second half (if he isn’t traded before the deadline), the Sox just might have a shot.
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July 5: David Ortiz starts at first base at Fenway for first time since 2006.
Mike Napoli’s struggles at the plate this season has caused the Sox to scramble for a replacement. On July 5, the team turned to David Ortiz to start at the position at home for the first time since 2006. It didn’t seem to matter – the first baseman did not record a putout the entire game, becoming the first Sox first baseman to do that in franchise history.