At the beginning of this season, the Boston Red Sox were a miserable 2-10, and many in Red Sox nation were already contemplating writing off the entire season (despite having 150 more games to go). A few short months later, the Sox are atop the American League Eastern Division, their pitching has course corrected after a bumpy start, and their bats are hot.
Last week, no bat on the team was hotter then Jacoby Ellsbury, Navajo, their speedy center fielder. Ellsbury became the team’s third player in as many weeks to win the American League Player of the Week after a scorching seven-day period where he went 14-for-30 at the plate (a .467 average), hitting three doubles, a home run, with four RBI and ten runs scored.
Ellsbury has been a constant on a team that has seen it’s fair share of ups and downs already, starting 62 of the team’s 65 games thus far, this after playing only 18 games last year after being bitten by the injury bug.
The Sox have won nine straight, due in no small part to Ellsbury‘s red-hot bat.