Red Sox Offensive Scaring American League

What is happening in Boston? Mother’s Day weekend seemed to trigger a new start for the Boston Red Sox as they have scored multiple runs in the first inning in 16 out of 38 games this season while Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 21 games as of May 17th. Meanwhile, David Ortiz is playing like he’s fifteen years younger, the pitching staff is starting to find a stride, and Demitri, the operator of The Sausage Guy on Lansdowne Avenue, has been catching more home runs balls than either of the bullpensRed Sox offensive scaring in the outfield. And defense? You’d have a better chance of throwing a pork chop past a wolf than trying to hit a single to either center or right field. No sir, not with Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts out here. It’s as if their gloves have magnetic powers! With all this action taking place at Fenway, it’s been fun watching the Red Sox offensive scaring other teams in the American League.

Many are looking at the current Red Sox and saying they remind them of the 2013 World Series championship team. David Ortiz and Dustin Peoria were on that team, and have posted nothing less than stellar numbers so far this season. But what I find interesting is that Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt, and and Xander Bogaerts also saw action that season though none of them played in more than 37 games that season and hit a combined .214, hardly a drop in the bucket when compared to the skill of the rest of the team.

What I think you’re seeing now is a well-groomed group of players led by David Ortiz, who they are rallying around as a proper send off as he retires at the end of the season. The fact that there are still players on the 2013 that played in the series, whether they were rookies or seasoned veterans, also contributes to their success this season because they already know what the formula for winning looks like. They’re combining their experience, they’re communicating with each other well, and they’re even having fun on and off the field (Look at Jackie Bradley Jr.’s interview on MLB Spotlight where a shirtless Hanley Ramiez playfully appears behind a laughing Bradley Jr.).

This season’s Red Sox team is finding that stride again, that groove so essential to winning. Let’s hope they can keep it together and continue to play as hard as they are. After all, there’s nothing more fun than seeing the Red Sox offensive scaring opposing pitchers and teams alike.

Red Sox Take First Place Going Into May

“The Red Sox take first place.” That’s a headline Red Sox fans haven’t consistently seen since 2013. The Boston Red Sox took command of first place Sunday night in a win over the New York Yankees, sweeping their long time rivals in a three game series to edge out the Orioles in the American League East. It remains to be seen how long they can stay Red Sox take first placethere, but one thing is for sure: the Red Sox are a completely new and reinvigorated team.

The season started out with its fair share of problems. Pablo Sandoval’s weight made many question how much he’d be able to contribute to the team. Clay Buchholz fumbled out of the gate in April. And, like many times before, the team blew leads in late innings. But since traveling to Atlanta to take on the Braves in late April, the Red Sox have suddenly come alive. Dustin Pedrioa had a multiple home run game, including a grand slam off Pesky’s Pole. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit two triples against the Yankees. Rick Porcello is now 5-0 for the season. If the Red Sox continue with this streak, ticket demands and crowds at and around Fenway will swell, filling in the voids that I saw earlier in April.

Much of the reason as to why the Red Sox are suddenly on fire is likely because Pablo Sandoval hasn’t been around. It’s no secret that he’s been a drag for the team in more ways than one. After all, his bad juju had a bad affect on the team. While I’m also still not 100% sold on whether Farrell should stay or go, he’ll have much less to worry about if the Sox continue their tear, especially against the Chicago White Sox this week, who are holding onto a first place lead of their own in the American League Central.

Fans are filling their hearts with hope again as the Red Sox take first place. If we dare, we’ll keep that faith and hope to see them in the post-season.

Red Sox Playing Strongly After Rough April

For the first few weeks in April, fans in the Red Sox Nation feared that 2016 was shaping up to be a repeat of the last two seasons. Price gave up 8 runs to Tampa Bay, Clay Buchholz continued to struggle (and still does), strong leads were being blown in later innings, and Farrell’s job seemed on the line (probably still is). In the last week, though, fans are now seeing the Red Sox playing strongly, much like the team they were in 2013.

The Red Sox won four straight in the last week of April, highlighted by a multiple home runRed Sox playing strongly game for Dustin Pedrioa that included a grand slam off Pesky’s Pole. Only 1 game behind the Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox find themselves within striking distance of taking first place in the American League East. While Thursday night’s loss to the Atlanta Braves was a small setback, the Red Sox should have no problem sweeping the New York Yankees, who are currently in last place, as the Red Sox go into May.

While it has lost much of its steam in recent years, the rivalry between the Red Sox and Yankees is still strong. The rivalry started in 1912 when the Red Sox beat New York, who back then were named the Highlanders, 7-6 in 11 innings when Fenway Park first opened. After Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees in 1920, the Red Sox went without a World Series title for 86 years, which many attributed to the Ruth’s departure. Since then, the Yankees have broken the hearts of the Red Sox Nation multiple times, whether it was stealing a pennant in 1949, or Bucky Dent’s home run in the 1978 ALCS at Fenway. Since winning the World Series in 2004, the conflict between the two teams has died down somewhat, now that Yankee fans can’t hold The Curse of the Bambino above Sox fans’ heads anymore. Nevertheless, it’s always a thrill to be in the stands when the Yankees come to town because there’s almost as much drama in the seats as there is on the field.

While the Red Sox winning streak was snapped by Atlanta Thursday night, they’re still in second place. If we continue to see the Red Sox playing strongly going into May, then the team should snatch first place by the end of the first week of the month.

UPDATE: As of May 1st at 11:27pm, the Boston Red Sox have swept the New York Yankees and are now in first place in the American League East!