As the Red Sox fight to -- gulp -- stay above the .500 mark, here are five thoughts on a variety of issues:
1- Mike Shawaryn has been intriguing
Over the last few weeks, the Red Sox have taken a look at a handful of pitchers from their minor league system, giving starts to the likes of Josh Smith, Ryan Weber and Darwinzon Hernandez. Some are journeyman, some are prospects, but they all have one thing in common: they all got hit around.
There's one exception as the Sox churn through arms: Mike Shawaryn. Shawaryn has appeared in three games, allowed one run over six innings and struck out 11 without allowing a walk. His only hit allowed was a solo homer.
He's been used exclusively out of the bullpen here, and there's a reason for that.