For the first time since April 3 this season, the Red Sox are over .500 with a 19-18 record.
What has been consistent for Boston this year is their pitching. The starters are going relatively deep into games, the bullpen has been reliable to either hold onto whatever leads they have had, or keep them in as many games as possible.
Surprisingly, it’s been the offense holding this team back, normally the strength of a Red Sox roster in the 2000′s. The Sox are 14th in the Majors in batting average and 21st in runs scored. They usually are tops in the league in runs, and if they aren’t in first place, it’s usually easy to find them just a couple of spots below.
But we are seeing signs of life! Since they started their series against the Oakland Athletics on May 2, Boston has seen some of its key players start to get hot at the plate. They are 6-3 in their last nine against some good competition and have scored more than four runs in each of those wins.
In the team’s last 10 games, Dustin Pedroia is hitting .341 with two homers and six RBI. David Ortiz is batting at a .308 clip with two blasts and five RBI in the same time frame. If those two can keep it up, it will be tough to beat this Sox team twice in a three game set, as they are showing by winning two out of three against the Reds, the Athletics, and the Rangers.
The Red Sox get the Minnesota Twins next, then the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. It will be interesting to see if they are looking ahead to the Tigers, or if they will roll over the Twins at Target Field. Hopefully we see a team four games over .500 when the talented Tigers come to town.