BOSTON – That headline is essentially indicative of the entire 2019 Boston Red Sox season. The pitching has suffered while the offense has thrived, and it has been a roller coaster of emotions with many things to smile about, but many things to feel gloomy about, too. This entire week has been a microcosm of the identity of this Red Sox team, which currently sits six games out of a post-season spot with a record of 67-59.
Let's start with the bad news. Red Sox ace Chris Sale is out for the season. After being mysteriously placed on the injured list with elbow inflammation, many concerns arose among Red Sox fans as there were questions about the need for Tommy John surgery for the 30-year-old. Fortunately, he is going to avoid surgery, but the injury will sideline him for the rest of the season, even if Boston makes the playoffs.
As for the good news, Rafael Devers has been rightfully awarded American League Player of the Week honors! With games this week against the Anaheim Angels, Cleveland Indians, and Baltimore Orioles, Devers was raking on the field. He hit a whopping .593 this week with a 1.819 OPS, showing that his ten at bat swoon was a minor slump and not a regression to the mean. He is still one of the hottest hitters in the game. In addition to those white hot numbers, Devers also hit three home runs and eleven runs batted in during the six games. Doubles, hits, and RBIs are all categories where Devers has been leading the league. Definitely an awesome season for Devers. The MVP race is essentially between him, Mike Trout of the Angels, and D.J. LeMahieu of the New York Yankees.
The National League Player of the Week was Nick Ahmed, a shortstop for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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