Boston, MA - The Major League Baseball All-Star break came to an end only very recently, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few question marks that have arisen around the Boston Red Sox.
Boston has faced off against the Detroit Tigers in the first two games since the break came to an end and they have split the pair, but the games have not been impressive by any stretch. Boston won the first game thanks to a shutout performance from the pitching staff and a first inning RBI double from Steve Pearce that drove in Andrew Benintendi. The slow bats continued yesterday when Boston stretched their offensive scoring slump to seventeen innings when they lost 5-0 to Detroit. Jose Iglesias, on the heels of a double and a home run, was responsible for four of Detroit's runs and Jeimer Candelario added the fifth.
The offensive performance is less than ideal, but Boston has not been without their silver linings. David Price's pitching was reassuring in the 1-0 win and Mookie Betts made a stellar leaping grab to rob Detroit of potentially scoring even more runs in yesterday's shutout affair. But ultimately, the bats are going to have to wake up. And with Benintendi and Rafael Devers easing their ways back into the lineup and J.D. Martinez and Betts still present in the lineup every day, I have no doubts that they will bounce back. Manager Alex Cora is also not concerned with the recent offensive slump that his team has found themselves enduring as of late.
Fortunately, the New York Yankees, the team wrestling Boston for control of the American League East, were not without their own bouts of faltering against the New York Mets and Boston still maintains a four and a half game lead in the most competitive division in baseball.
The 69-31 Red Sox will square off in the rubber match against the Tigers at 1:10 P.M. EST. There will be no better time for the team to break out of the slump than in this game as ace Chris Sale will be pitchin and he thrives with run support.