The Boston Red Sox sweep back to back series at Fenway to stay atop the American League East – team finally starting to click
After Doug Fister’s last start, the Boston Red Sox had to feel good. Fister almost went the whole way had it not been for a mistake pitch costing the team two runs. Fister went 6 1/3rd innings allowing three runs on eight hits and struck out seven batters, good enough to get his 2nd win in a row and for the season. Everything is finally starting to click.
Chris Young was the main hero today. Young had a double, hit two home runs and knocked in five runs. He matched his entire output from June with just one performance? Is this his coming out party? It’s going to be hard to find spots in the line up when people put up numbers like that. If he keeps hitting like this he’ll continue to get regular at bats.
Two unlikely players have become stars on the team and players that were otherwise quiet have begun hitting and it’s showing. Rookie Rafael Devers and new acquisition Eduardo Nunez have stayed hot and it’s translated to victories. Devers is slashing .349/3/6/1 through 11 games and Nunez has cruised through to a .400/4/12/3 in 9 games. Nunez had slashed .308/4/31/18 through 76 games.
Every player is starting to do their part and it’s now led to six straight games and eight wins over their last 10 games. Nunez has ripped American League pitchers left and right. Whether it be stealing bases or hitting home runs, it doesn’t seem to matter. He’s going to continue on this pace until pitchers make their adjustments.
The resurgence of Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Andrew Benintendi hasn’t hurt either. Finally, the guys that were supposed to come through are doing so. It felt like forever that players were not getting their job done to only turn it around during the brief sample size of August and tail end of July. So far the Sox are 5 – 0. Now, we just gotta see how long the team can keep this up.
Photo Credit – Steven Senne – AP Photo