By Rob Schardt
The Red Sox are one of the most exciting teams in Major League Baseball entering today with a record of 15-2, the winners of 6 in a row and have won 9 out of their last 10 games. Manager Alex Cora, has stated that the thinks the team will only get better and he makes a solid point. Right now, the team has All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts on the disabled list as well as Dustin Pedroia, Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright. Andrew Benintendi has also not hit a homerun this year, as he hit 20 last year and Red Sox catchers have yet to hit a homerun. Now, JD Martinez is beginning to heat up, Rafael Devers is hitting extremely well and Mitch Moreland has also stepped up this year.
There is nothing left to say about Mookie Betts either, as he hammered 3 homeruns two nights ago against the Angels including one against Shohei Otani. Mookie is also leading the league in batting average (.390), while also hitting 5 homeruns and 13 RBI in 59 at bats. There is no doubt that Betts is the best player on the Red Sox and he is not only a tremendous hitter, but also a fielder. The Sox have also had help from Hanley Ramirez who is off to a great start as well. The team also possess the best slugging percentage (.485) in the league and the lowest strikeout rate (16.6%). So, with these two stats the Sox are clearly putting the ball in play and are scoring runs at high frequencies.
The Red Sox pitching is another aspect that has been on point as well. Just as all fans have hoped the two lefties at the top are pitching very well. Chris Sale and David Price are the vocal point of the rotation, but if guys like Rick Porcello and Hector Velázquez are preforming at the level they are now, it would be hard to imagine them losing. Porcello is off to a hot start looking like the Cy Young winner from 2016 with a 4-0 record and a 1.40 ERA. Closer Craig Kimbrel has yet to give up a run in 8 total innings including 5 collecting 5 saves. The Red Sox are red hot right now and are proving to the doubters that they will beat the Yankees for first place in the division. The Sox, I believe will only get stronger as the season progresses and it should be great to follow them under their new manager.
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