As well as the Red Sox have been playing, their recent tear may be put on hold — all of a sudden Clay Bucholz, Dustin Pedroia, and Victor Martinez have gone down to injuries. Same as ever with Bucholz, I hate him, but it hurts to lose a pitcher who has had so much success this year. In Martinez you lose your day in and day out catcher, as well as a huge bat in the Red Sox line-up. Honestly, I’m least concerned with this loss as I am confident in Jason Varitek playing well in Martinez’s absence. At this point in his career I think that Varitek knows his role — and as team captain especially, I think Varitek knows this is his chance to step up and shine for the Red Sox this year. Good play out of Varitek, especially if Martinez is to be out for a bit, may be crucial to Boston’s season. As for Pedroia, well he’s the most costly loss. He’s arguably our best hitter — in my eyes he is — as well as a crucial clubhouse personality.
At the very least, this will give some younger players a chance to step up and get in some valuable big league experience before the playoffs roll around. Time to step up, gentleman.
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