Red Sox: Mid-Season Check-In & Analysis
Boston, MA - If you are a fan of the Boston Red Sox, then there’s a good a chance that right now, you have absolutely nothing to complain about. The Red Sox have been red hot as of late, but really this is nothing new for the 2018 ball club as they have been absolutely rolling throughout the year as they have won consistently en route to having the best record in all of baseball at 68-30.
Much of this success has to be attributed to the new manager, Alex Cora, who seems to create a desirable environment for all of his All-Star caliber players to strive to excel in. The new manager of the New York Yankees, Aaron Boone, was even prompted to claim that the Red Sox seemingly “win every day,” making it hard for his team to catch up as they are now four and a half games back of Boston in the AL East, the largest lead for the Sox all season.
If you are still distracted by that stellar 68-30 record, though, you’re not the only reason. In fact, the achievement is a historic one. Sixty-eight wins is the most wins any team has ever had before the All-Star break. And Boston managed to set this record by two wins. That is how on fire this team has been, especially considering they won seventeen of their last twenty games.
One last fun statistic is that the Red Sox are the first team since the 1977 Anaheim Angels to have four pitchers with ten wins (Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez) before the break. Couple this rotation with Craig Kimbrel’s stellar save count of thirty and Boston certainly doesn’t have to worry about pitching.
They also don’t have to worry about hitting, not when Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts have lit up Fenway Park all season. Even Rafael Devers and Jackie Bradley, Jr. have gotten hot as of late.
Really, the biggest red flag for the Sox going into the break is the concern over injuries. Christian Vazquez is sidelined for the foreseeable future and Dustin Pedroia’s knee remains the team’s biggest question mark. Aside from these concerns, I’m certainly excited to see how the Sox fare in the second half of the long campaign!