Commentary

Red Sox midseason report card

Updated: July 14, 2014, 3:46 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

This half season hasn't gone as anyone had planned -- far from it.

Nine months after winning the World Series, the Red Sox find themselves in the AL East basement, tied with the Rays. Check out my player-by-player grades, then vote in each poll below to grade them yourselves. 

Position players

B. Holt, OF

Edes: No one saw this coming. Grade: A

Your grade?

  •  
    96%
  •  
    3%
  •  
    0%
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    0%
  •  
    1%

(Total votes: 7,396)

D. Pedroia, 2B

Edes: Catching fire, but .694 OPS at home. Grade: B-

Your grade?

  •  
    3%
  •  
    49%
  •  
    44%
  •  
    3%
  •  
    1%

(Total votes: 7,165)

D. Ortiz, DH

Edes: Victim of a weak lineup. Grade: B

Your grade?

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    10%
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    64%
  •  
    24%
  •  
    1%
  •  
    1%

(Total votes: 7,102)

M. Napoli, 1B

Edes: Streaky as ever, played in pain. Grade: B-

Your grade?

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    2%
  •  
    42%
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    51%
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    4%
  •  
    1%

(Total votes: 6,773)

D. Nava, OF

Edes: Where have the extra-base hits gone? Grade: C-

Your grade?

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    0%
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    5%
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    37%
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    51%
  •  
    7%

(Total votes: 6,731)

X. Bogaerts, 3B

Edes: Has cratered at the plate. Grade: D-

Your grade?

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    1%
  •  
    4%
  •  
    39%
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    44%
  •  
    12%

(Total votes: 6,883)

Bradley Jr., OF

Edes: Great D, .375 July offer hope. Grade: D+

Your grade?

  •  
    1%
  •  
    6%
  •  
    47%
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    37%
  •  
    9%

(Total votes: 6,698)

S. Drew, SS

Edes: Only defense saves him from F. Grade: D-

Your grade?

  •  
    0%
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    0%
  •  
    4%
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    26%
  •  
    70%

(Total votes: 2,443)

D. Ross, C

Edes: Work with Lester earns him grade. Grade: C

Your grade?

  •  
    1%
  •  
    13%
  •  
    58%
  •  
    24%
  •  
    4%

(Total votes: 6,427)

C. Vazquez, C

Edes: Ready for AP classes. Grade: Inc.

Your grade?

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    18%
  •  
    19%
  •  
    4%
  •  
    2%
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    57%

(Total votes: 6,233)

Pierzynski, C

Edes: Age may have finally slowed his bat. Grade: F

Your grade?

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    0%
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    0%
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    4%
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    21%
  •  
    75%

(Total votes: 6,312)

J. Gomes, OF

Edes: Impact has been muted. Grade: C-

Your grade?

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    0%
  •  
    2%
  •  
    30%
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    56%
  •  
    12%

(Total votes: 6,182)

M. Betts, OF

Edes: Stay may be short-lived. Grade: Inc.

Your grade?

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    4%
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    15%
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    12%
  •  
    3%
  •  
    66%

(Total votes: 6,011)

M. Carp, 1B

Edes: Muted weapon from last season. Grade: D

Your grade?

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    0%
  •  
    2%
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    23%
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    55%
  •  
    20%

(Total votes: 5,791)

S. Victorino, OF

Edes: His absence has been a killer. Grade: D

Your grade?

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    0%
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    0%
  •  
    6%
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    37%
  •  
    57%

(Total votes: 5,766)

W. Middle., 3B

Edes: Future clouded by injuries. Grade: D

Your grade?

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    0%
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    0%
  •  
    4%
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    31%
  •  
    65%

(Total votes: 5,783)

Starting pitchers

J. Lester, LHP

Edes: There's nothing left to prove. Grade: A

Your grade?

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    89%
  •  
    10%
  •  
    1%
  •  
    0%
  •  
    0%

(Total votes: 5,795)

J. Lackey, RHP

Edes: Is 8.10 ERA in last four only a blip? Grade: B

Your grade?

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    32%
  •  
    60%
  •  
    7%
  •  
    1%
  •  
    0%

(Total votes: 5,635)

Buchholz, RHP

Edes: Second half could salvage bad first. Grade: C-

Your grade?

  •  
    1%
  •  
    11%
  •  
    41%
  •  
    39%
  •  
    8%

(Total votes: 5,549)

J. Peavy, RHP

Edes: HRs, run support left him in ruins. Grade: C-

Your grade?

  •  
    1%
  •  
    15%
  •  
    45%
  •  
    30%
  •  
    9%

(Total votes: 5,512)

Workman, RHP

Edes: Stepped in when Sox needed him. Grade: C+

Your grade?

  •  
    1%
  •  
    31%
  •  
    56%
  •  
    11%
  •  
    1%

(Total votes: 5,186)

D. La Rosa, RHP

Edes: AGon/CC deal not just salary dump. Grade: B-

Your grade?

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    8%
  •  
    64%
  •  
    26%
  •  
    2%
  •  
    0%

(Total votes: 5,176)

Relief pitchers

K. Uehara, RHP

Edes: Still special, but 6 HRs allowed. Grade: A-

Your grade?

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    72%
  •  
    25%
  •  
    2%
  •  
    0%
  •  
    1%

(Total votes: 5,263)

J. Tazawa, RHP

Edes: Reliable as ever in setup role. Grade: B+

Your grade?

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    27%
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    63%
  •  
    9%
  •  
    1%
  •  
    0%

(Total votes: 4,875)

A. Miller, LHP

Edes: Great since four walk-off losses. Grade: A-

Your grade?

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    44%
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    44%
  •  
    9%
  •  
    2%
  •  
    1%

(Total votes: 4,831)

Badenhop, RHP

Edes: DP machine solid in relief. Grade: B

Your grade?

  •  
    8%
  •  
    61%
  •  
    24%
  •  
    5%
  •  
    2%

(Total votes: 4,734)

E. Mujica, RHP

Edes: Little return on big investment. Grade: D

Your grade?

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    0%
  •  
    1%
  •  
    9%
  •  
    37%
  •  
    53%

(Total votes: 4,707)

Doubront, LHP

Edes: Pitched his way out of rotation. Grade: D+

Your grade?

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    0%
  •  
    1%
  •  
    13%
  •  
    48%
  •  
    38%

(Total votes: 4,661)

C. Breslow, LHP

Edes: 2013 may have taken toll. Grade: D

Your grade?

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    8%
  •  
    61%
  •  
    24%
  •  
    5%
  •  
    2%

(Total votes: 4,734)

Management

Cherington, GM

Edes: Little has gone as planned. Grade: D+

Your grade?

  •  
    1%
  •  
    7%
  •  
    29%
  •  
    38%
  •  
    25%

(Total votes: 5,178)

J. Farrell, Mgr.

Edes: Steady through trying times. Grade: B-

Your grade?

  •  
    8%
  •  
    43%
  •  
    35%
  •  
    10%
  •  
    4%

(Total votes: 5,151)


Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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