Boston, MA - Last season, the Boston Red Sox had the best record in all of baseball during the regular season with their 108-54 campaign that propelled them into the post-season where they obviously had the best record because they went 11-3 and won the World Series. However, because of all this hubbub, many forget that the Red Sox also had the best record during spring training in the Grapefruit League last year as they posted a 22-9 win-loss record. Now, it looks like Boston is getting ready to repeat this dominance through spring training after back to back 8-5 victories in Fort Myers against the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins.
Boston is now one of four 2-0 teams in the Grapefruit League and a lot of signs from their players have been very encouraging.
Against the Yankees, Boston fell down 3-0, but they roared back to a commanding lead that never relented, on the heels of a monster three-run home run from Michael Chavis, a promising third base prospect for Boston. The leading third baseman for the Red Sox, Rafael Devers, also went 2-3 in the game with one run and one RBI.
In the following game against the Twins, Boston again proved victorious by a score of 8-5. In this matchup, they had more of their regular season players in the mix as Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Eduardo Nunez, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley, Jr., and Devers all got a couple cracks at the plate. During the game, Boston again rallied from deficits of 2-0, 4-1, and 5-2 thanks to a three-run home run from Chavis. Bradley also picked up right where he left off with a home run of his own. The crack of the bat from the ALCS MVP and Gold Glover sounded perfect. Tate Matheny also homered for Boston.
Obviously, you cannot put too much stock in the spring training matchups, but it is definitely cool to see that the Red Sox do not seem to have lost a step!