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Red Sox-Yankees Winners and Losers



Winners


Hunter Renfroe

The outfielder went 4-8 in the series with a double, 3 walks, and 3 RBI. He’s been on fire recently, and has improved his season line all the way to .264/.323/.443/.766. Renfroe continues to play stellar defense, notching 2 more outfield assists in the series.


Xander Bogaerts

The All-Star Finalist went 6-11 with 3 doubles and 2 RBI in the series. He made a bad error in game one of the series, but nothing came of it, so no harm, no foul. He’s now hitting .330/.391/.557/.948 on the season with a league-leading 23 doubles, and absolutely deserves to make the start at short in the All-Star Game.


Nathan Eovaldi

Eovaldi was phenomenal against the Yankees in the second game of the series, tossing 7.2 innings, allowing 7 hits, 1 run, and 0 walks while striking out 6. His only run allowed came on a solo homer with 2 outs in the 8th inning, and he left the game with a 4-1 lead and earned the win. Eovaldi entered his start leading the American League in FIP, but had an ERA over 3.90. This game looks like it might be the start of some positive regression for the righty.


Garrett Whitlock

The reliever acquired from the Yankees has been a fantastic surprise for the Sox in 2021. He continued his stellar season by tossing 3.2 scoreless innings over the course of the series, surrendering only 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4. His season ERA now stands at a miniscule 1.66.


Rafael Devers

The young slugger didn’t do much in the first two games of the series, going 1-7 with 2 strikeouts and a walk, but came up huge in the final game of the set. Devers was 3-4 on Sunday with a 3-run bomb in the first and an RBI double in the 7th. He’s now hitting .283/.349/.577/.926 on the season with 19 home runs, and, like Bogaerts, is an All-Star Finalist.


Connor Wong

The recently-called-up catcher made his first career start Saturday night, and singled in his first career at-bat. He looked solid and athletic behind the plate, and had a solid approach while batting. He didn’t score, didn’t drive in any runs, and struck out twice, but collecting your first career hit absolutely qualifies you as a winner.



Losers


Hirokazu Sawamura

Sawamura went 1.1 innings and didn’t allow a run in the series, but was undoubtedly a loser. He went 1.1 scoreless in game one, allowing no hits, a walk, and striking out two. Game two was an unmitigated disaster for the first-year reliever, however. He entered after Eovaldi gave up a solo homer in the 8th, coming in with 2 outs and the bases empty. He proceeded to walk three consecutive batters in one of the ugliest displays of pitching anyone will ever see. He got lifted after his third walk, and was bailed out by Adam Ottavino, but this was not a good series for Sawamura.


Alex Verdugo

Verdugo has been awesome since arriving in Boston last season, but struggled this past weekend. He went 2-13 with a double, no walks, and 4 strikeouts. He played solid defense, and his struggles at the dish didn’t really hurt the team, but his season OPS is now down to .777. That’s not terrible, but it’s below what Boston fans have come to expect from the young outfielder.