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November 5, 2013

Red Sox have some major decisions to make

Lester, Napoli, pitching and Ellsbury up for discussion

(Continued)

When we discussed leaders this year, we often mentioned Jonny Gomes, Dustin Pedroia, Shane Victorino and David Ross.

But Ortiz isn’t afraid to speak up in the clubhouse — and in the dugout, for that matter.

His Game 4 speech to team inside the dugout ignited the offense.

And how about his playoff stats? Not only was he money in the World Series, but he batted .353 with a .500 OBP, .706 slugging percentage, five homers, three doubles, 13 RBIs and 12 runs during this entire postseason.

Bye, bye Jacoby

If Jacoby Ellsbury leaves via free agency — which is the common perception — the Red Sox center fielder will have come full circle. He won a World Series in 2007 as a rookie for Boston and a title again in 2013, his last year with the team.

Bullpen greatness

My midseason Red Sox report was titled “Except for bullpen, Red Sox at the top of class.”

Well, the bullpen turned things around in a huge way behind Koji Uehara, who has gained rock star status in Boston.

Red Sox relievers combined for a 1.28 postseason ERA. That was the best playoff bullpen ERA of all teams which played more than one postseason game.

Follow Christopher Smith on Twitter @SmittyOnMLB

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