May 2019 Check-In: Boston Red Sox
Boston, MA– In case you're getting bored with hockey and basketball playoff games (unlikely), here's a check-in on how the Red Sox are doing.
Where They Stand: The Boston Red Sox are currently on a semi-decent home stand, but have put together a two game win streak against the Oakland Athletics. They are 13-17, which is good for fourth place in the American League East. They are currently seven games back of first place and four and a half games back of second place. Only six teams have worse records than Boston and two have the same winning percentage as the team.
Where They Were Last Month: The Red Sox are reigning World Series champions so their immense struggles to begin the season are surprising. No one anticipated them stumbling this much.
Who's Hurt?: Starter Nathan Eovaldi just completed his first week of surgery recovery. Brock Holt's eye injury has turned into a shoulder injury. Brian Johnson is slated to throw a bullpen session soon. Eduardo Nunez is currently on a rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox and Dustin Pedroia is expected to join him soon.
Biggest Strength: So far, Boston's consistent hitters have been the crutch of the team. J.D. Martinez has recorded a hit in 25 of 27 games and Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers can always be counted on for big hits. Additionally, Mitch Moreland has socked eight home runs. The offense hasn't been perfect, but the bright spots have been impeccable.
Biggest Weakness: Starting pitching has been on the upswing as of late, but it is definitely going to be the team's weakness until we see Chris Sale record a win.
Where to Next: Boston is in a better spot than they were in the first half of April, but they have a ton of work to do. They have to go 82-50 if they want a shot at a 95 win season, and that obviously seems far fetched at this point. I put my faith in Alex Cora for now.
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