The Boston Red Sox pre-season Rookie of the Year candidate is again making noise smacking two three run homers against the Yankees en route to a 10 – 5 victory
Remember when everyone thought that Andrew Benintendi was going to win the Rookie of the Year before the year even started? I do. Benintendi quickly fell out of 1st place to division rival Aaron Judge who has now experienced an even worse slump that now entertains the possibility of setting a record for most strike outs in a rookie campaign and season. Benintendi is back and crushing the Yankees.
After getting a walk off walk to beat the Yankees earlier this season, it only made sense that he’d have a big night against them offensively right? The Red Sox rookie and now once again potential rookie of the year became the first player since Jimmie Foxx in 1938, to hit two three-run homers against the Yankees. According to ESPN, Benintendi also became the 4th youngest rookie in Red Sox team history to slug two jacks against the Bronx Bombers losing out to Mookie Betts by a mere month and change.
Just how good can Benintendi get? Time will tell but at 23 years old, the sky is the limit. His two three run bombs were enough to propel the Sox to their 9th win over the last 10 games. Pretty sure that last night’s game was an ugly fluke. The Sox should have won 10 in a row with the chance to make it 11 in a row with Chris Sale pitching today.
With todays two hit and two homer game now in the books, Benintendi is now slashing .280/16/65/14. AB is now headed for a potential date with the 20/20 club. A shot at the 25/25 or 30/30 club isn’t a stretch for his future either. He’s got the talent, the wheels, and most of all, the power. He’s projected to get 22 home runs and 20 stolen bases.
Drew Pomeranz pitched another great game today allowing three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3rd’s innings walking two batters and striking out five. I thought Pom was going to get the chance to finish off the inning but John Farrell had other plans with Pom already at 111 pitches on the night, 76 of which went for strikes. It was great to see more strikes out of him today, that much is certain. What else can he bring? Time will tell.
Brandon Workman came in to finish off the 7th and complete the 8th inning without allowing a base runner bringing his season ERA down from 1.77 to 1.66. That’s nine straight appearances without allowing a run. He’s allowed just six hits, no walks and has struck out nine batters. It’s amazing what two years away from Boston has been able to do for his career. Workman is a new man. His ERA in 2014 was 5.17, talk about change.
Robby Scott closed out the game in ugly fashion giving up back to back solo home runs to Chase Headley and former Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. In the end, it was not enough to get the Bombers back over the hump as they fell 10 – 5. While they still command the season series seven games to four, there’s no question which team is trending way up and which team is spiraling out of control downward.
Chris Sale handle the duties of the rubber match in New York going up against Jordan Montgomery. While Montgomery has down well in two of his last three starts, you have to really try hard to find a performance in which Chris Sale has not dominated his competition. Sale has allowed zero runs in five of his last seven starts and will be in search of his major league leading 15th win on the season.
Montgomery is also 1 – 2 over his last six starts spanning since July 1st as opposed to Sale’s record of 4 – 1 over his last six starts. Getting five innings out of Montgomery would seem like a stretch while getting anything less than seven plus innings and 10 strike outs out of Sale would seem like an off game. We’ll find out what happens soon enough. A future Cy Young Award for the Sox lefty at this point is almost certain.
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