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Will Middlebrooks has been on fire since rejoining Red Sox

Aug 22, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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When the Red Sox demoted Will Middlebrooks to Triple-A on June 25 he was hitting .193 in 53 games and he wasn’t particularly great for Pawtucket, hitting .268 with 10 homers and a .790 OPS in 45 games.

However, after trading Jose Iglesias in the deal for Jake Peavy the Red Sox recalled Middlebrooks from the minors and he’s been on fire since. Middlebrooks homered yesterday against the Giants, making him 15-for-34 (.441) with two homers and three doubles in 11 games since the recall.

His season totals are going to look ugly no matter what because of his terrible first half, but Middlebrooks getting back to the productive, power-hitting third baseman he was as a rookie last season would be huge for the Red Sox down the stretch.

  1. bosoxfan15 - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    If he continues hitting and their bullpen does a respectable job, they’ll be contenders.

    • dan1111 - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      The Sox lead their division and have the most wins in the league. What more do they have to do to be contenders?

  2. aceshigh11 - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I hope he bounces back after his lackluster start. He’s definitely got the tools to be a very good player.

    If he does, and Bogaerts is as good as advertised, the future will be bright.

    I just wish we could clone Pedroia and have him at second in perpetuity.

  3. imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Someone buy him a 1st baseman’s glove

  4. bosoxfan15 - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Dan1111, they have been fortunate to pull off some late inning heroics this season. Take away half of them and they are sitting down the standings with the Yanks. Their bullpen has squandered big leads and at times their offense doesn’t show up.

    • roverboy1949 - Aug 22, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      and if cows could quack, they’d be ducks. point is, They Did pull off those late inning heroics. Those are the things that have made this Sox team so special, so far. No matter what happens the rest of the year, they have shown us all that they have a bright future and we can look forward to some more exciting seasons. I don’t think anyone thought they would be even this good this year.

    • Glenn - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      If you check out ESPN’s expanding standings, you would see that the Red Sox are actually under-performing by two games and the Yankees are over-performing by four. The method takes into account run differential, one-run game record, etc. This sort of contradicts your anecdotal claim, bosoxfan15.

    • edelmanfanclub - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      This is the dumbest comment ever. You’re basicially saying if we took their away their wins they’d have losses. But why take away games they won? Win is a win.

    • gymtruthteller - Aug 23, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      This team reminds me of the 03 Sox. It will end it tragedy but they will be close to that World series. We need one more pitcher and a healthy Clay

  5. rje49 - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    He may be hitting better, but I still cringe when the ball is hit to him. In a game I watched last week, there were 3 times when I said to myself, “Iglesias would have had it”. I miss Jose.

  6. bosoxfan15 - Aug 22, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Edelman, some of their wins have been of the lucky variety. They are a great team, but giving up leads and having to make ninth inning comebacks routinely is a recipe for disaster. Having said that, this team is very entertaining to watch and can hopefully overcome their bullpen injuries to make some noise in the playoffs.

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