Our beloved Red Sox are nine games into the new campaign. Boston currently sits at a 6-3 record. They got swept by the Baltimore Orioles to kick off 2021, but they have won six games in a row since then. These victories includes sweeping the defending American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway, then traveling down to Baltimore and sweeping the Orioles. Boston travels out to Minneapolis next to take on the Twins. The Red Sox are currently sitting at the top of the American League East Division.
Booming offensive production has led the Sox so far this season. They currently have the third-highest team batting average and the second-most runs scored. They also have the third-highest slugging percentage, and are tied for the third-most home runs hit so far this year. The man leading the way at the plate is J.D. Martinez. Martinez is currently hitting .472. He also has a slugging percentage of 1.083, tied for the most home runs with five, and has batted in 16 runs. Martinez has clearly contributed to Red Sox success.
One of the most impressive things about the start that the Red Sox have had is their ability to accomplish it without a very important piece of the rotation, Chris Sale. Sale has been Boston’s ace for four seasons now. He was placed on the Injured List during Spring Training. Eduardo Rodriguez, who was expected to step up and fill that role, has also had bad luck with injuries to start off this season. Boston’s leader on the mound so far this season has been Nick Pivetta. Pivetta has started two games so far this year, picking up a win in both. He has 11 total innings pitched, 11 strikeouts, and has only allowed four earned runs and one home run.
Red Sox Silence The Critics Early
Many people predicted the Red Sox to be in last place in the American League East Division all season. It is still early, but Boston is currently leading the way. The Red Sox definently have the offensive firepower to be a sleeper team this season, and the rotation will improve with the return of Sale and Rodriguez. This could be a very fun team to watch!