Red Sox Series Preview: Vs. Blue Jays

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Apr 24, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman

Dustin Pedroia

(15) singles during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox Key Players To Watch:

  • Second baseman Dustin Pedroia is the one leader you think of, at least after designated hitter David Ortiz. While Big Papi sometimes allows his grin to fade into rage, Pedroia’s feisty attitude stays consistent, which is much like his play of late. He has quietly hit .267, with 4 home runs and 9 RBIs, while earning 8 walks to keep innings alive for his team. The little big man, at 5-foot-9, will need to rally the troops both with his words and his steady play, as the Red Sox try to mount a comeback from their last drubbing in Baltimore.
  • After a tiny bit of a dry spell, left fielder Hanley Ramirez made Red Sox Nation take notice as of how quickly that he can turn fortunes around. He hit 2 home runs and 4 RBIs in the humiliating defeat against the Orioles, salvaging some, if small, pride. Ramirez is hitting .300 with 17 RBIs for the season. Look for Han-Ram to punish Blue Jays pitching that has dwindled from an early season uprising.
  • Brock Holt. The little lightning bolt of energy has been on fire so much, as of late, that the Orioles felt the need to walk him three times, limiting the amount of damage that he could cause. Holt’s hitting .457 with a home run and 8 RBIs in only 11 games. He has been absolutely driving the ball with his .600 slugging percentage around the diamond, which will cause mayhem for any Blue Jays’ pitcher foolish enough to take him lightly.