Ryan Kalish, Cody Ross Getting Hotter as Red Sox Look to Beat Off Blue Jays


September 9, 2012

Ryan Kalish, Cody Ross Getting Hotter as Red Sox Look to Beat Off Blue JaysEditor's note: The temperature gauge is a Bill James-created statistic that measures how hot or cold hitters are. We will spotlight Red Sox and opposing team temperatures on game days.

The Red Sox bats have been as cold as can be in recent weeks. Even Dustin Pedroia, who had a 15-game hitting streak and was keeping the Sox afloat amidst a dreadful West Coast trip, cooled off as rain swept Fenway Park this weekend.

But two Boston hitters — Cody Ross and Ryan Kalish — have been showing they still have the goods to get some runs on the board for the home team.

Ross is batting .280 this season with 20 home runs and 73 RBIs. Amidst all the turmoil the Red Sox have faced, Ross has been a huge bright spot, providing momentous home runs and bringing a great presence in right field and at the plate. He carried a five-game hitting streak into Saturday's game, and although he went hitless Saturday, he's shown an ability to get to the Blue Jays (.349 OBP).

Kalish has been in an out of the lineup for the Sox, but he gets the start in right field on Sunday as Ross takes the designated hitter role. He was 1-for-2 against the Jays on Friday night and is 4-for-9 against Toronto pitchers in his career.

Here are the hitting temperatures for the Red Sox and Blue Jays for Sunday, Sept. 9:

Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia, 79
Ryan Kalish, 75
Cody Ross, 73
Mauro Gomez, 71
Ivan De Jesus, 66
Mike Aviles, 63
Jose Iglesias, 62
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 62
Scott Podsednik, 62
James Loney, 60
Pedro Ciriaco, 54
Jacoby Ellsbury, 54
Ryan Lavarnway, 53

Blue Jays

Edwin Encarnacion, 77
Anthony Gose, 76
Yunel Escobar, 72
Omar Vizquel, 72
Mike McCoy, 70
Brett Lawrie, 69
Adeiny Hechavarria, 69
Yan Gomes, 65
Moises Sierra, 65
J.P. Arencibia, 64
Colby Rasmus, 62
Adam Lind, 62
Yorvit Torrealba, 62
Kelly Johnson, 59
Rajai Davis, 57
Jeff Mathis, 49

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