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Red Sox: May report card

Brock Holt has been the biggest surprise for the Red Sox this year.
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June is finally here. May was a roller coaster month for the Boston Red Sox. You know-- lose ten in a row, win six in a row. One of those kind of months. Standard. Time to go around the horn and hand out my monthly grades.

A.J. Pierzynski: B-. Nobody has been hotter with the bat during the Red Sox win streak than A.J. He has hit .462 over the last seven days. For the month he hit .300 and was third on the team with 14 RBI. Pierzynski has been the poster child for the Sox difficulties over the first month and a half. It's time to give him his due. (April grade: C-)

Mike Napoli: C-. No homers in eighteen games. Then he goes on the DL with a sprained finger. It's obvious that the injured finger was the cause of his problems (also only hit .186 in May), but I have to call 'em like I see 'em. (April grade: A-)

Dustin Pedroia: B. If "B" means average, Pedroia is the embodiment of a B student. He has been steady, but unspectacular all season. He hit .279 with 11 RBI in May. His defense continues to be at an A-level, however. (April grade: B)

Xander Bogaerts: A-. Bogaerts finished the month strong. Bogaerts is the only regular to be hitting over .300 for the season. His on-base percentage is an impressive .397. His defense is even improving, but still holding him back from getting an "A" in my book. Plus he's a rookie. I don't want to give him a big head. (April grade: B-)

Will Middlebrooks: F. Middlebrooks is in jeopardy of staying down at Pawtucket for the remainder of the season. He's just not ready for this level. He may never be. (April grade: Incomplete)

Brock Holt: A. Brock Holt is the only Sox player with a higher average than Bogaerts. He is hitting .305 on the season and has played stellar defense at the hot corner. It was originally thought that Holt would be going back to Pawtucket when Stephen Drew was ready to join Boston, but it now it looks like Jonathan Herrera may fall victim to the numbers game... and he should. (April grade: N/A)

Grady Sizemore: C. I'm not ready to give up on him yet. Everyone else seems to be. Look-- Sizemore will never be the player he once was. It is unfair to expect him to be. But he is still a veteran who has worked hard to overcome numerous serious injuries. That goes a long way in the clubhouse. (April grade: C)

Jackie Bradley, Jr.: B-. Yes, B-. I know he only hit an anemic .174 in May. He is striking out at an alarming rate. But his defense makes up for it. Consider it the opposite Xander Bogaerts. If Bradley gets his average up to .250, I won't hesitate to give him an "A." (April grade: B+)

Shane Victorino: Incomplete. Sadly, this is the way I think it is going to be all year. Victorino gives the Red Sox an entirely different dimension both offensively and defensively. His hamstrings just won't allow him to stay on the field. (April grade: Incomplete)

Jonny Gomes: B-. Gomes has settled into the everyday left field job after being almost lost in the shuffle in April. He is the Red Sox lucky gnome. The Red Sox are 18-13 when Gomes starts. Don't ask me why. It is what it is. (April grade: C-)

David Ortiz: B. Ortiz was symbolic of Boston's roller coaster ride. He started the month of May hitting .253 and got his average up to .305 on May 14 before falling to .264 at the end of the month. He hit five home runs in four days from May 10-14. (April grade: C+)

Jon Lester: A-. Steady as he goes. His first performance in May was a 15-strikeout, one-hit masterpiece. He had one real ugly performance against the Blue Jays, but finished the month with a 3-2 record and a 3.90 ERA. He is going to have to pick it up a notch if he wants that big, BIG money contract at the end of the year. (April grade: A-)

Clay Buchholz: F. No need to pile on. He's just been bad... real bad. (April grade: C-)

John Lackey: A. You couldn't ask anything more of Lackey. He had a 2.56 ERA in May. (April grade: A-)

Felix Doubront: F. Getting hurt getting your kid out of a car? Inexcusable. (April grade: F)

Jake Peavy: C-. I am one of the biggest Peavy fans, but the wheels may be coming off the train. And I can't say I didn't see this coming. A for effort, but the results have been bad. He has given up three or more runs in his last five starts. (April grade: A)

Junichi Tazawa: A-. So far I've been wrong about Tazawa slumping this year, but it's still early. (April grade: A-)

Edward Mujica: C. Glimmer of hope for a Mujica turnaround. I still don't feel comfortable when he steps on the mound. (April grade: F)

Andrew Miller: B+. I feel bad for the guy. He was the victim of numerous walk-off defeats. But he has pitched well. Make sense? He struck out 26 batters in 14 innings in May. (April grade: A-)

Craig Breslow: C. Breslow's best days may be behind him. He had a better May than April, but he is not fooling any hitters. (April grade: F)

Burke Badenhop: A. No runs allowed in fifteen innings in May. What can I criticize? (April grade: C)

Chris Capuano: B-. Capuano was pitching over his head in April. May has brought him back down to earth. (April grade: A)

Koji Uehara: A+. He did give up a run. (April grade: A+)

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