Red Sox Make Trade For Kyle Schwarber

After a tough loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at home, the Red Sox got a much anticipated surprise. The Boston Red Sox made a late night trade with the Washington Nationals for Kyle Schwarber. The 28 year old outfielder was traded to Boston in the late hours on Thursday night. This trade came as a surprise to Red Sox Nation, as big names like Anthony Rizzo and Max Scherzer were making headlines of their own.

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With the addition of Kyle Schwarber to Boston’s line up, they gain a much needed lefty bat that can help them in the middle of the line up. So far in 2021, Schwarber is hitting .253 with 25 home runs and 53 RBI’s in 72 games with the Nationals. Now, as a member of the Red Sox, Schwarber will be a key component to the Red Sox line up. With only a few more hours to go before 4pm, will the Red Sox add more names to the roster? Only time will tell.

Kyle Schwarber Will Be Bringing The Big Bat To Boston

If there is one thing that Kyle Schwarber is good at, it is hitting mammoth home runs. In just seven seasons, he has hit 145 career home runs, and 25 so far this season. While playing in the 2016 National League Championship Series against the St Louis Cardinals, Schwarber hit a home run so far that it landed on top of the Wrigley Field scoreboard in right field. Following the game, the ball was encased on top of the scoreboard for quite sometime. Since then, the Ohio native has hit many memorable home runs as a member of the Chicago Cubs, and as a brief member of the Nationals. Just last month, Schwarber hit 12 home runs in 10 games, which tied a MLB modern day record. This led him to win National League Player of the Month for June 2021.

Prior to signing with the Nationals this past offseason, Schwarber played for the Chicago Cubs for six seasons. During his time in Chicago, he hit .230 with 121 home runs and 279 RBI’s. Called up as a catcher in 2015, Schwarber moved to left field in 2016. In 562 career MLB games, Kyle Schwarber has played a number of positions. His most played is left field, at 533. He has played four games in right, one game as a 1st baseman, and 26 as a catcher. He has also been a designated hitter 31 times in his career. With his versatility in the field, he will be a big part of the Red Sox team this season, and hopefully next season as well.

Getting To Know Kyle Schwarber

Drafted in the first round of the 2014 MLB draft, Kyle Schwarber was compared to Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell and Matt Stairs in regards to his offense. His hard work paid off a shortly after being drafted. Schwarber made his Major League debut with the Cubs on June 16th 2015 against the Cleveland Indians. He came in as a defensive replacement for catcher Miguel Montero. The 2016 World Series champion recorded his first hit the next day, where he went 4 for 5 in the game. His first major league home run came on the 18th, also against the Indians. His second season didn’t go as planned. Two games in, he was involved in an outfield collision with Dexter Fowler, after which he missed the majority of the season. He was able to play in the 2016 World Series, and help the Cubs win their first Championship in 108 years.

After playing in Chicago for seven seasons, the Cubs non-tendered Schwarber. This allowed him to be a free agent for the first time in his career. On January 9th, 2021, the Ohio native signed a one year deal with the Washington Nationals. This deal came with a mutual option for the 2022 season. Schwarber was having a career season in DC prior to the trade with Boston. Not only was he named Player of the Month in June, but he was elected to his first All-Star Game. During his time with the Nationals, he became a fan favorite. Schwarber will be looking to make a name for himself here in Boston, as he looks to win another World Series Championship.

What’s Next For Boston

The trade deadline officially ends today at 4pm EST. There are still many players that can be moved. It will be interesting to see what Bloom does next for the team. Right now, Max Scherzer is heading west to either the Dodgers or the Padres. Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo were traded to the Yankees over the course of the past few days. Other players, like Brad Hand and Danny Hudson have also found new homes. The second half of 2021 will be a race to the finish, as teams look to bolster their rosters.

Boston is heading out on the road after a wild homestand. They will be in Tampa Bay taking on the second place Rays starting tonight at 7:10pm. Martin Perez, Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Pivetta will be looking to keep the Rays in check during the three game series. After Tampa Bay, Boston heads to Detroit to take on the Tigers for three games. Finally, they will be closing the road trip in Toronto – Yes, Toronto – to take on the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre for the first time since September 19th, 2019.

The Jarren Duran Era Has Begun

On Wednesday, Red Sox Nation was buzzing. Top prospect Jarren Duran was not in the line up for the Worcester Red Sox, and it was rumored that he was on his way to Yankee Stadium for Thursday’s game. Sure enough, the news broke. The Jarren Duran era has begun in Boston. The 24-year-old outfielder will be making his highly anticipated debut in the series versus the New York Yankees. The last player to make their debut at Yankee Stadium for Boston was Mookie Betts on June 29th, 2014.

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Following a crazy ending to the first half of the season, the Red Sox look to bounce back starting tonight against their division rivals. The Red Sox will be at Yankee Stadium for four games, before heading to Buffalo to take on the Blue Jays. Right now, they are tied for the best record in the American League alongside the Houston Astros. It will be interesting to see how Boston fairs as we close in on the end of July. For now, the excitement is with rookie, Jarren Duran and his potential Major League Debut.

The Jarren Duran Era Has Begun in Boston

Boston’s top prospect, Jarren Duran will be looking to turn heads as he makes his highly anticipated Major League debut in the series vs the Yankees. The 24-year-old California native has spent the past few months raking in Triple A Worcester. In 46 games, he is batting .270 with 51 hits and 32 RBI’s. Duran has also hit 15 home runs on the season, and has stolen 12 bases. The Red Sox are hoping he will continue his success in Boston, as the Jarren Duran era has begun. Named one of Boston’s top prospects the past few years, Duran has had quite the path to the big leagues.

After spending three seasons with the California State University Long Beach State Beach baseball team, Duran was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2018. The seventh round draft pick split the 2018 season between the Lowell Spinners and the Greenville Drive. In 2019, Duran found himself playing for the Salem Red Sox until June 3rd, when he was promoted to the Double A Portland Sea Dogs. His success in 2019 granted Duran an invite to Spring Training in 2020. However, due to the pandemic, Duran didn’t get to see any baseball action until the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Duran led his team to the 2020-2021 championship, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the series. The Red Sox extended an invite to Duran for Spring Training 2021. Following Spring Training, Duran started the 2021 season with the Worcester Red Sox. Now, Duran is about to suit up for the big league ball club.

Battle in the Bronx

The Red Sox will be in the Bronx for four games against the Yankees. While all eyes will be on Jarren Duran, Boston will be looking to continue their success against the Yankees. Right now, Boston is 6-0 against the fourth place Yankees. As the Jarren Duran era has begun in Boston, the 55-36 Red Sox will be hoping to keep climbing in the American League. This first series back from the All-Star break will be an important one for both teams as we inch closer to the trade deadline on July 31st.

While the Yankees have yet to name starters for the series, the Red Sox are set and ready to roll. Thursday night’s opener will have Eduardo Rodriguez (6-5, 5.52 ERA) to start things off. Friday’s game will have Martin Perez (7-5, 4.04 ERA). Saturday night will feature All Star Nathan Eovaldi (9-5, 3.66 ERA). Finally, Sunday night baseball at Yankee Stadium will have Nick Pivetta (7-3, 4.09 ERA) to round things off.

The Road Ahead for Boston

Following their four game series vs the Yankees, Boston will be heading a bit north to Buffalo to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The 45-42 Jays will be hosting the Texas Rangers starting Friday night in Buffalo. The Jays currently are in third place, and will be looking to bounce back in the second half of the season. Vladimir Guerrero Jr and company look to keep climbing in the AL East. This past week was a special one for the Jays. Not only did they have four players in the All-Star Game, but Guerrero Jr. won the All Star MVP Award. With that, he became the youngest player to win the award at age 22.

The Red Sox will be heading home to Fenway following the series in Buffalo. There, they will again take on the Yankees and the Jays. The next few weeks in Boston will be an interesting one for sure. With the trade deadline closing in, it will be interesting to see what Boston does. Also, Chris Sale may be joining the team next month. He is currently scheduled to be pitching in rehab games with the Portland Sea Dogs and the Worcester Red Sox. We are at the half way point of the season, and it is turning into something special for sure.

Final Home Stand Before The All Star Break

Friday begins a three game final home stand before the All Star break for the Red Sox. They will be welcoming their National League East rival, the Philadelphia Phillies, to Fenway for the first time since last season. Prior to their series against Boston, the Phillies went 3-1 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The 42-43 Phillies will be looking to try and get to the .500 mark in the series against Boston starting tonight. The Red Sox, however, plan to stay the best team in Major League Baseball.

Right now, Boston’s 54-34 in 2021. They are currently in first place in the AL East, and look to stay there. The Rays are right behind them though. Following their victory on Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians, they are 2.5 games in back of Boston. The series against the Angels didn’t go too well for the Red Sox. After winning game one, they dropped the next two games. Boston looks to bounce back against the Phillies this weekend.

What To Expect in the Final Home Stand Before the All Star Break

Friday’s night game will have Garrett Richards going up against Vince Velasquez. Richards is currently 4-5 on the season, with a 4.88 ERA in 17 games. Last time out, he got the no decision against Oakland after going 5 innings, allowing 2 runs off of 5 hits. Velasquez is 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 17 games for the Phillies. His last game resulted in a loss to the San Diego Padres. Velasquez went 6 innings, allowing 9 hits and 5 runs.

Saturday’s afternoon game will have Martin Perez vs Matt Moore. Perez will be seeking win number eight on the season. He is currently 7-4 with a 3.89 ERA. In his last outing, Perez earned the win against the Angels, where he pitch 5.1 innings, allowing 8 hits and 2 runs. Moore will be seeking his first win of the season when he makes his start on Saturday. He is currently 0-1 with a 5.60 ERA in 11 games. His last start against the Cubs resulted in a no decision, where he went 4 innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs.

Sunday’s finale will have former Phillies pitcher, Nick Pivetta, going up against Aaron Nola. Like Perez, Pivetta will be looking to get win number eight on the season. He is currently 7-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 17 games. In his start against Oakland, Pivetta earned his 7th win of the season. He went 7 innings in the game, allowing only 2 hits, and had 10 strikeouts. Aaron Nola will be looking for his 7th win of the season. He is currently 6-5 with a 4.53 ERA in 18 games in 2021. He earned the win in his last start against the Cubs, going 6 innings, allowing 6 hits and 4 runs, while striking out 8.

Boston’s All Stars Are Heading to Denver

Last week, we learned that Rafael Devers (1st selection) and Xander Bogaerts (3rd selection) will be starting in the All Star Game at Coors Field on Tuesday night. They are the first teammates to start at shortstop and third base in the game since Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez did it in 2011. Joining them are JD Martinez (4th selection), Matt Barnes (1st selection) and Nathan Eovaldi (1st selection). Martinez, Barnes and Eovaldi were selected by MLB, while Devers and Bogaerts were elected by the fans in the first round of voting.

The American League team will be managed by former Red Sox catcher and current Rays manager, Kevin Cash. A few notable names on the American League side are Shohei Ohtani, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Cedric Mullins. Ohtani will be making history as the first player to be in the game as both a pitcher and a batter. Both Guerrero Jr. and Mullins will be participating in their first All Star Game, and rightfully so. They’re both having great seasons for their respective teams, the Blue Jays and the Orioles.

Former Red Sox player and current Dodgers manager, Dave Roberts, will be managing the National League All Stars. Colorado will have one representative, right handed pitcher, German Marquez. The National League roster has many great players in their line up, including San Diego Padres shortshop, Fernando Tatis Jr and former Rockie Nolan Arenado. Mookie Betts was selected by MLB as a reserve player for the National League team.

What’s Next For Boston

Following the All Star break, the Red Sox will be on the road. Their first stop will be to Yankee Stadium to face the Yankees in a four game series. They look to continue their dominance over the Yankees in the series. Next up, they will be traveling to Buffalo to take on the Toronto Blue Jays for three games. The Red Sox will then be heading back to Fenway to face the Yankees and Blue Jays again before heading back on the road to close out July.

We are nearing the halfway mark of the season, and many are having flashbacks to the 2018 season, when the Red Sox kept climbing to the top. As they enter the final home stand before the All Star break, one can only wonder if the front office will make any moves before the trade deadline. The 54-34 Red Sox have proven that they can be a great team, and when Chris Sale comes back, they could be even better. However, one must wonder if Chaim Bloom and company will make a big trade to bring in more talent for Boston.

Red Sox Look To Keep Rolling In Anaheim

Following the series in Oakland, the now 54-32 Red Sox beat the Angels in a 5-4 thriller last night. Now, the Red Sox look to keep rolling in Anaheim and to take the series. Boston is currently 9-1 in their last ten games, and look to keep climbing on the AL East. They currently have the best record in baseball, with the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers right behind them with 53 wins. Last night’s sweet victory further proved that the Red Sox are the team to beat in 2021. As we near the half way point of the season, it seems as though this team can go all the way.

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The Red Sox had quite the battle against Oakland over the weekend. The first game ended with a 3-2 victory that lasted until the 10th inning. Kike Hernandez’s single that drove in Michael Chavis sealed the deal for Boston in that game. The second game also went into extras, as Oakland came on top 7-6 in the 12th inning of play. Sunday’s finale was a battle of the pitching staff. Nick Pivetta, who earned his 7th win of the season, went 7 innings, allowing 2 hits and struck out 10. The lone run came in the 6th inning, when Alex Verdugo scored on a double play. The final for the game was 1-0, and Matt Barnes picked up his 19th save of the season.

The Red Sox Look To Keep Rolling In Anaheim

Last night proved to be a great game for Boston. The 5-4 victory at Angels Stadium was led by Christian Arroyo’s home run in the second, and Martin Perez’s pitching performance. Boston’s offense got off to a strong start, between home runs by Arroyo and Rafael Devers, as well as hits from Danny Santana and Marwin Gonzalez. The Angels also learned why nobody runs on the Red Sox, as Danny Santana got the Red Sox’s 27th outfield assist of the season with a clean throw to Christian Vazquez to nab Jose Rojas at the plate in the 5th inning. Adam Ottavino earned his 7th save of the season, and the Red Sox won 5-4.

Tuesday night’s game will be the battle of the American League All Stars. Nathan Eovaldi, who was elected to his first All-Star game, will have the ball for Boston. The Angels will have Shohei Ohtani on the mound, who was also elected to his first All Star game as a pitcher and a DH. Eovaldi will be looking for win number 10 on the season. His last time out earned him win number 9 against the Royals. Last time out for Ohtani was a short 0.2 inning outing against the Yankees.

Wednesday afternoon’s finale will have Eduardo Rodriguez vs Andrew Heaney. Rodriguez got the no decision last time out against Oakland, where he went 6 innings, giving up a hit and striking out 6 batters. He will be looking for his 7th win of the season. Heaney will be looking to bounce back after a rocky outing against the Yankees, where he got the loss after only 3 innings. He gave up 5 hits and 7 earned runs, while having 4 strikeouts. Heaney is currently 4-6 on the season, with a 5.40 ERA in 14 games.

It’s Sho Time In Anaheim

Angels two way sensation, Shohei Ohtani, is turning heads in Major League Baseball. The 27-year-old pitcher and designated hitter was selected to the American League All-Star Game by the fans as a designated hitter last week. Over the weekend, Major League Baseball announced that Ohtani will also be an All-Star as a pitcher. He will be the first player to be an All-Star as both a pitcher and a batter.

The Japanese native currently has 31 home runs on the season, which leads both the American League and the National League. Right now, he is 22 home runs away from his 100th career home run. As a pitcher, he is 3-1 on the season with a 3.60 ERA in 12 games. Last night against Boston, Ohtani went 1-5 as the designated hitter. Boston batters will be facing him tonight, as he he scheduled to pitch against Nathan Eovaldi.

Ohtani made his Major League debut on March 29th, 2018 against the Oakland A’s. He was a designated hitter in the game, and recorded his first Major League hit. His first start as a pitcher came a few days later, on April 1st, also against the A’s. Ohtani went 6 innings in the game, and earned his first Major League win. Prior to coming to the United States, he played for Japan’s Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. He was with the Ham Fighters for five seasons before signing with the Angels in December 2017.

Boston Sweeps Kansas City To Get To 51 Wins

Stop me if you have heard this before – The Red Sox swept another team and are on a hot streak. Heard it before? Good, because it gets even better. The sweep of Kansas City allowed Boston to get to 51 wins on the season. They are the first team in the American League to accomplish the feat heading into July. The only other teams in Major League baseball with 50 or more wins are the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants.

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The Red Sox have won six straight games as they head to the west coast to face the Oakland A’s and the Los Angeles Angels. Even at the 50 win mark, the Red Sox need to keep their heads above the water, because the Tampa Bay Rays are only three and a half games in back of them in the standings. Both teams are doing well in the East division as we open a new month of baseball. Theres still plenty of season left, but it’ll be fun to watch.

The First American League Team To Get To 51 wins

After a very long Wednesday night, the Red Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 6-2. Thanks to JD Martinez’s three run home run in the third, and Martin Perez’s pitching performance, the Red Sox earned the victory, and the 50th of the 2021 season. Following a rain delay, the game got off to a slow start. Salvador Perez hit a solo shot in the second inning to give the Royals the 1-0 lead.

However, after giving up a single to Marwin Gonzalez and walking Kike Hernandez, Mike Minor got a chance to face JD Martinez. With a 1-0 count and two outs in the inning, Martinez blasted his 16th home run of the season to center field. From there, the Red Sox would score three more times, while the Royals would get one more run in. Perez went 5.1 innings to get his 6th win of the season, and the bullpen held down the game to finished it off.

Thursday afternoon’s finale against Kansas City was a slug fest for Boston. Nathan Eovaldi pitched a gem of a game, going seven shut out innings with six strikeouts to get his ninth win of the season. Matt Andriese came in to pitch the final two innings. Kike Hernandez’s first inning home run of of Kris Bubic sparked the Red Sox offense in the game. JD Martinez, Danny Santana and Rafael Devers all hit home runs as well. The final score of Thursday afternoon’s game was 15-1, and it allowed Boston to sweep the Royals. Now, the Red Sox head out west to face a very good Oakland team.

West Coast Road Trip For Boston

The 51-31 Red Sox will get a chance to increase their win total this upcoming series on the west coast. The Oakland A’s, who are 48-35, wrapped up a series against Texas on Thursday prior to welcoming Boston on Friday night. Oakland dropped two games to the Rangers, and look to do better against Boston this weekend. This series will be the second time the Red Sox will face former teammate and 2018 World Series Champion, Mitch Moreland in 2021. The fan favorite first baseman came back to Boston with Oakland back in May. The Red Sox went 1-2 in that series, but look to do better this time around.

Eduardo Rodriguez will look to earn his 7th win of the season when the series opens Friday night. He will be going up against Frankie Montas, who is 7-7 on the season. On Saturday night, Garrett Richards (4-5, 4.96 ERA) will be facing Cole Irvin (6-7, 3.64 ERA). Sunday’s finale will feature Nick Pivetta (6-3, 4.43 ERA) and rookie James Kaprielian (4-2, 3.06 ERA). Boston will then be heading to Angels Stadium for a three game series.

All Star Game Update

Phase two of voting for the 2021 All Star Game closed Thursday afternoon. Four Red Sox players – Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, JD Martinez, and Alex Verdugo were named to the second round of voting. On Thursday night, it was announced that both Devers and Bogaerts will be starters for the American League All Star Team in Colorado. The reserves will be named by Major League Baseball this weekend. For Devers, this will be his first All Star appearance. The third baseman is having one great season, batting .288 with 20 home runs and 69 RBI’s. This will be Bogaerts’ third All Star selection. He was in the mid-summer classic in 2016 and in 2019.

Joining Devers and Bogaerts in the infield will be Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Marcus Semien. Both players were selected for their first All Star appearances. The American League outfield will feature Mike Trout (Angels), Aaron Judge (Yankees) and Teoscar Hernandez (Blue Jays). This will be Trout’s 7th All Star appearance, Judge’s third and Hernandez’s first. Catching for the AL will be six time All Star, Salvador Perez from the Royals. The DH will be the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (First time All Star).

On the National League side, Buster Posey (Giants) will be making his 5th All Star game as catcher. The Braves first baseman, Freddie Freeman will be making his third appearance. Pittsburgh’s Adam Frazier will be making his first appearance as the NL’s second baseman. Nolan Arenado will be returning to Denver for his 4th All Star Game. Fernando Tatis Jr (Padres), who led the NL in votes, will be making his first All Star Game. The NL outfield will heva Ronald Acuna Jr (Braves), Nick Castellanos (Reds) and Jesse Winker (Reds). Both Castellanos and Winker will be making their first appearance, while this is Acuna Jr’s second.

2021 American League East Division Odds

This past weekend, the Red Sox swept the New York Yankees for the second time in the 2021 season. Prior to the season starting, nobody saw the Red Sox as being favorites in the 2021 American League East. However, we are closing in on the halfway mark, and they are currently sitting on top of the division. The Yankees on the other hand, are in fourth place behind the Toronto Blue Jays. Even without their ace, Chris Sale, the Red Sox have been doing very well in games this season, especially against their division. They are currently 20-10 against teams in the American League East and are in a battle with Tampa Bay to be in first place. 

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In his second season as President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox, Chaim Bloom made some moves that once again, had Red Sox fans scratching their heads. From signing free agents such as Kike Hernandez and Hunter Renfroe, to trading fan favorite, Andrew Benintendi, many believed this team wouldn’t have what it takes to compete in the American League East. The one thing that did make sense was bringing back Alex Cora as the manager of the Boston Red Sox. Cora was officially re-introduced as manager on November 6th, 2020. After a disappointing 2020 season that saw the Red Sox go 24-36, many Red Sox fans were excited to see Cora back at the helm. Cora, who was suspended one year following the results of the Houston Astros cheating scandal, came back to Boston knowing that the organization had faith in his ability to manage this team. 

Can The Red Sox Stay On Top In The American League East?

Despite their success so far in 2021, the Boston Red Sox aren’t favorites to win the American League East division. At least, not yet. While the team seems to be clicking and heading in the right direction, there are other teams to look at. One team in particular is the Tampa Bay Rays. The 2020 American League champions were so close to winning their first World Series in 2020, but ultimately lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now, they are looking to go back to the fall classic, even if it means knocking out the Red Sox. The Rays, led by former Red Sox catcher, Kevin Cash, only lost a few key members of the 2020 team. Hunter Renfroe signed with the Red Sox in the offseason, and their ace, Blake Snell, was traded to the San Diego Padres in December. Tampa Bay did bring in two reliable starting pitchers in Rich Hill and Michael Wacha to fill the holes that Snell and Charlie Morton left in the rotation. Tampa Bay does have some good offensive power with Randy Arozarena and Joey Wendle in their lineup. When the Red Sox played Tampa Bay earlier in June, they promoted top prospect, Wander Franco to the Major Leagues. In his first Major League game, Franco went 2-4 against Boston, including a home run off of Eduardo Rodriguez. 

The Red Sox have been on a tear since day one of the season. Granted, in their first series, they were swept by the Baltimore Orioles. Following that, everyone immediately wrote them off. They weren’t going to be that great, and they’re not going to improve upon the 2020 season. Then, out of nowhere, the offense started clicking, and the pitching was on fire. Lead by the offensive power of JD Martinez and Xander Bogaerts, and great pitching by Nathan Eovaldi and Nick Pivetta, the Red Sox won nine in a row. Overall, Alex Cora’s team went 17-10 in April. This allowed them to be 3.5 games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. 

Looking Ahead At The Half Way Point

Following a disappointing 2020 season, the Red Sox had a lot of work to do in order to contend. Bringing back Martin Perez, while bringing in Hunter Renfroe, Kike Hernandez and Adam Ottavino has definitely paid off for the Red Sox so far this season. In the offseason, Red Sox fans saw fan favorites Jackie Bradley Jr leave via free agency, and Andrew Benintendi get traded to the Kansas City Royals. Many questioned these moves at first, however, they are starting to pay off. Hunter Renfroe is a force for Boston, not only with his cannon of an arm, but with his bat as well. Kike Hernandez has also proven to be a star here after spending the past few seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Adam Ottavino, who spent the last two seasons with the Yankees, was traded to Boston prior to the season. Now, he’s one of Cora’s go to guys in the bullpen, and he is probably making Brian Cashman rethink the trade. 

There is so much talent up and down the Red Sox roster, it’s amazing that even after they swept the Yankees at Fenway Park, they’re not seen as favorites to win the American League East. Yes, the Tampa Bay Rays have been staying in the fight, however, the 2021 Red Sox team has come from behind multiple times to win important baseball games. In a way, they also can be compared to the 2013 team that won the World Series. A group of baseball players that everyone wrote off, kind of like with the team the Red Sox have now. We’re closing in on the half way point of the season, and the Red Sox do seem unstoppable.