After my trip this past weekend to see a disappointing loss in Houston for the Red Sox, it would seem the Red Sox have hit their groove winning 4 straight since.
I think it is safe to say the Sox have found their identity and are ready to cruise for another AL East title!
After a shut down performance Monday with Rick Porcello hurling a 1-0 shutout, and a dominant outing Tuesday from David Price who struck out 14, The Red Sox trounced the Braves back at Fenway Wednesday night 9-3 with another strong performance by the knuckleballer Steven Wright. Not to mention Big Papi’s 3 double night and Dustin Pedroia’s two home run night including a Grand Slam off the Pesky Pole!
It is clear that not only as the American League’s most dominant offense with 111 runs, 206 hits, 59 doubles, 7 triples and a .278 batting average through 21 games, but also have a rotation that is really starting to show the league how dominant it really can be.
The Red Sox pitching staff is currently leading the MLB with 220 strikeouts led by the MLB leader in strikeouts, David Price, with 46 strikeouts.
The Red Sox are striking out on average 10 batters a game! David Price is K’ing 1.5 batters an inning! He has pitched 7 1/3 innings less than Clayton Kershaw who has only 40 strikeouts on the season!
It is safe to say the Red Sox are starting to truly click with this team that was fantastically put together thanks to Dave Dombrowski, President of Baseball Operations and Mike Hazen, Senior Vice President and General Manager.
The two biggest deals done in the offseason was finally getting the Red Sox that reliable Ace they have missed since trading Jon Lester in 2014 in David Price who dominated the second half of the 2015 season with Blue Jays on their historic run all the way to the American League Championship Series. The Red Sox also went out and traded for one of the most dominant closers in baseball over the past 5 years from the Padres, Craig Kimbrel.
One of the more rockier sides to the season however has been the questionable bullpen. A few guys that have really stepped up to the plate however are Matt Barnes and without a doubt, Heath Hembree who in 3 games and 7 2/3’s innings is still posting a 0.00 ERA.
One of the biggest and most pleasant surprises however has been the incredible play that Hanley Ramirez has been showing in his first season at first base. That guy looks like he has been playing that position for 10 years! And his ability to show how well he can hit to the opposite field, in my opinion, makes me believe that he is going to be a very dangerous hitter to pitch to throughout the course of the season.
With all that being said, I also believe it has been an absolute blessing not to only have John Farrell back, and healthy, but to also have Torey Lovullo, who has interim manager last year in Farrell’s absence going 28-21, back in the dugout as well. Some day Torey will make an excellent manager in this league but we are more than happy to have him on our side in the mean time!
With the Yankees coming into town this weekend who are currently at the basement of the AL East with an 8-12 record thus far, this should be a fun and exciting 3 game series that can hopefully propel the Red Sox back into first given they are currently 1/2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles.
Hopefully there will be a lot more dancing in the dugout to come from Brock Holt!