After beating the Astros 11-1 at Fenway on Thursday night, the Red Sox have now scored a ridiculous 51 runs in the last four games.
They’ve won five in a row and are 13-4 in their last 17 games after starting the season 9-9. They’re tied with Baltimore for the lead in the AL East.
Obviously the big difference maker is that the Sox now have the best offense in baseball. It seems like everyone from top to bottom is hot right now. David Ortiz is fifth in the AL with nine home runs. Jackie Bradley Jr.’s league leading hitting streak is now up to 18 games. Ortiz and JBJ are third and fourth in the AL in RBI’s. Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia are second and fourth in the AL in hits.
The Sox have four players in the top 10 in batting average. Bogaerts (5th), Bradley Jr. (6th), Travis Shaw (8th), and Ortiz (9th). Hanley Ramirez is 14th and Pedroia is 17th.
I could go on for days with the stats but you get the point. The Red Sox’ offense is the main reason for their recent dominance.
But let’s not forget about the pitching, which has been solid as well. Rick Porcello and Steven Wright have been incredible. And despite his impressive record, many fans and sports media members were beginning to hit the David Price panic button when his ERA ballooned to 6.75 following a loss to the Yankees just a few days ago.
Thursday night, the Red Sox got the David Price that they paid for. Their ace went six and two thirds, striking out 12 and allowing just one earned run. In other words, the one concern for the Sox over the last few weeks has been resolved and now the sky is the limit. Looks like it’s gonna be a hell of a summer.
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