Boston Red Sox Offense Coming Alive in July

Mike NapoliThe Boston Red Sox may have had some time off last week with the All-Star break, but since then the team has been on a tear offensively. As a club, the Red Sox had outscored their opponents 27-6 as they started the second half of the season 4-0, which includes a three-game sweep against the Kansas City Royals and a win in the first game of a four-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The month of July has been the best month for the Red Sox in terms of runs scored per game, as the team has collected the fourth most runs in MLB during that time with 90. They have the second best average (.287) and the best OBP (.355) in the month and look like a team that is more balanced throughout the lineup as players like Jackie Bradley Jr., Stephen Drew and even Daniel Nava are starting to come around at the plate. Xander Bogaerts is making progress at the dish and a healthy Shane Victorino has made some contributions over the weekend.

In July, the Red Sox are now 9-9 with five runs per game compared to a little over three runs per game in the whole month of June. The offense has been on a hot streak since ending the first half, winning four of five games, but the post All-Star numbers have been the real turning point for this squad.

The team is second in all of MLB with a .299 average since the All-Star break while scoring the second-most runs (34). The power has returned as the team also leads the league in home runs and even hit a season-high four homers to go along with another season-high in hits (18) on Monday night. The .512 slugging percentage is the best in baseball as well and is a main reason the team is starting to put more runs on the board.

Overall, the offense is still towards the bottom in production, but has risen to 11th place in the AL with 401 runs scored.

If the Red Sox can keep the offensive resurgence going over the next of couple weeks, then a playoff race is not out of the picture as the team stands only six games out of a Wild Card and 8.5 games out of the AL East lead.

Also, the team could find itself being a buyer at the trade deadline if the wins keep piling up, and that could add to the success of the Red Sox offense.

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