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October 3, 2013

Smitty's breakdown of Sox playoff roster

(Continued)

STEPHEN DREW

Position: Shortstop

Key stats: Tied for third in AL with 8 triples. Batted .333 with eight extra-base hits over final 13 games.

Trademarks: Laid back personality, being J.D. Drew’s brother

Smitty’s comment: Isn’t great against left-handed pitching but he certainly grows on you with clutch hits and very good defense.

XANDER BOGAERTS

Position: Shortstop/Third base

Key stats: Was 7 for 15 (.467 average) against southpaws

Trademarks: Constant smile, natural ability, top prospect status

Smitty’s comment: Sox shouldn’t hesitate to use him to pinch hit for Drew against a left-hander late in game.

DANIEL NAVA

Position: Left field/first base

Key stats: Finished second in OBP (.385) and 3rd in OPS (.831) among AL outfielders

Trademarks: Underdog, Mr. Nice Guy

Smitty’s comment: How could you not love Daniel Nava?

JONNY GOMES

Position: Left field

Key stats: Six go-ahead hits, four pinch-hit homers, two walk-off homers.

Trademarks: Unkempt beard, five near-death experiences, huge pinch hits, tattoos, Army helmet, leadership

Smitty’s comment: Winning follows him everywhere he goes. Expect a couple of key hits in October.

JACOBY ELLSBURY

Position: Center field

Key stats: Led AL with 52 stolen bases

Trademarks: Boyish good looks, extended DL stints, upcoming free agency, speed

Smitty’s comment: Has returned from injured foot. He had better be healthy because Sox need him at leadoff.

SHANE VICTORINO

Position: Right field

Key stats: His nine assists from right field were most by a Red Sox since Trot Nixon had nine in 2005.

Trademarks: Being the “Flyin’ Hawaiian,” running through walls, big personality, talking fast

Smitty’s comment: A much better offensive year than expected (.294 average) and tremendously valuable in the field and in the clubhouse.

MIKE CARP

Position: Left field/first base

Key stats: 29 of his 64 hits went for extra bases. His .523 slugging percentage is fourth among AL outfielder with a minimum of 200 plate appearances.

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