1. Three out of the top four Red Sox batters by wOBA are pitchers. Clay Buchholz leads the way with a ridiculous .897 wOBA, with Daisuke following him up at .449. Youkilis is the sole position player in the top four, tied with Lackey at .433. I know this is the most obvious SSS possible, and obviously doesn't show anything about their true skill level. But if you look at the stats as a tale of what happened, it still shows that, during interleague play, the pitchers have not been close to automatic outs. In fact, the top 3 have each been half a run above average (by wRAA), even in obviously very limited playtime.
Unfortunately, Wakefield and Lester are both sitting on .141 wOBAs. Way behind the curve.
Also, Lackey has a speed score of 2.6, tied with Van Every and Beltre, higher than Scutaro and Cameron. Now, I have very little knowledge of how that score is calculated, but you have to love small sample sizes.
2. On the flip side, by both xFIP and FIP, Hall has been the second-best pitcher on the Redsox. With xFIP, he is only behind Richardson, who also has some SSS problems. In terms of actual pitchers though, I'd just like to admire Lester's numbers again. A 2.86 ERA backed up by a 3.01 FIP. A sustainable .277 babip based on his 52% GB-rate and the stellar (well, they're going to miss Pedroia) sox infield defense and a LOB% of 76.5%, right around his career averages. The only unsustainable number is his low 6.2% HR/FB rate, but I think cancels out with his horrible start to make these numbers pretty indicative of how he's hopefully going to pitch the rest of the year.
3. On a less positive note, would you believe that, by FIP, Okajima, Atchison, Ramirez, and Delcarmen have all been better than Papelbon? He does better by xFIP, but from what I've seen, his fastballs are just being absolutely crushed for home runs, not something that leads me to believe his HR/FB% is going to regress much. All while Bard has been rolling with over a K per inning and the lowest walk rate in the bullpen (never thought you'd see that). As I've said before, the only good part about this situation is that (theoretically) Bard is getting chances to be used in a really optimal way, being put in men-on-base high leverage situations. However, in reality, Papelbon's inLI is a bit higher than Bard's. Please, both for this team and my fantasy team, at least consider using Bard in the 9th.
4. This surprised me, but Beltre has actually been the Redsox most valuable player so far. His breakout year (again) at the plate combined with his elite glove and positional adjustment has yielded a 3.5 WAR. He is followed by Pedroia at 3.3, Youk and 3.2, and Lester at 3.2. And just for fun, Buch, Lackey, and Daisuke have all been worth .1 WAR as batters. Unfortunately above Cameron and Hermida. As a group, our pitchers have been .3 runs above replacement as batters.
5. And just because I love Drew, even though his hitting has been below his usual standards. he continues to play elite defense, leading the team in UZR at 7.8, which makes for an elite 19.7 UZR/150. Unfortunately, Youkilis has been decidedly average at first base, posting a -.1 UZR for the season. Not exactly the stellar defensive play we've come to expect from Youkilis. Hopefully history will prevail and his true defensive talent will shine through.