Boston Red Sox: How the past 10 days have changed the team’s season

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 3: Mookie Betts
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 3: Mookie Betts /

The past 10 days have appeared to play a vital role in turning the Boston Red sox 2017 season around as the team has won their last 6 games. The Sox now get set for a quick 2 in Tampa Bay.

It seems as though all is being forgotten in Red Sox nation regarding the David Price, Dennis Eckersely drama, lack of offensive power in the lineup, and overall poor baseball by the Boston Red Sox this season in just 10 days.

Prior to the All-Star Break

Boston entered the All-Star break losing 3 of their final 4 games in the first half to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Red Sox were however on top of the East at 50-39 with a 3.5 game lead over the New York Yankees.

Following the All-Star Break

To begin the second half, the Sox didn’t get off to hot start either.

Just 10 days ago the Boston Red Sox stood below the New York Yankees by 0.5 a game to lead the American League East division, following a 5-3 loss to the Royals.

With the loss, the Red Sox had also 10 of their 17 total games to open up the 2nd half having played a total of 117 innings. Four of those games were in extra innings.

Past 10 days

However in just a span of 10 days, it appears as though the Red Sox have turned their 2017 season around.

Just eight days ago, the Red Sox came back in perhaps their biggest win of the year behind a 3-run walk off bomb off the bat of catcher, Christian Vazquez.

BOSTON, MA – MAY 01: Christian Vasquez
BOSTON, MA – MAY 01: Christian Vasquez /

Then again just 2 nights later behind an 11th inning home run from Mitch Moreland.

Now Boston has built a 3.0 game cushion over the New York Yankees to lead the division and just days away from facing off in New York with a chance to increase that gap even more.

Deadline upgrade of the year

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A major portion in this recent success must be attributed to the biggest trade deadline acquisition thus far by the Red Sox, in Eduardo Nunez.

Nunez batted .308 with 4 home runs and 31 RBIs in a total of 76 games and 302 at bats.

Now a Boston Red Sox, in just 9 games and 40 at bats, Nunez is batting .400 for the Sox with 4 home runs and 12 RBIs.

This all coming in an expected tough stretch with second baseman, Dustin Pedroia hitting the disabled list.

Pedroia headed to the disabled list as Boston’s best hitter of the season with a .307 batting average and just 1 error on the season.

However with the recent adds of infielders, Eduardo Nunez and Rafael Devers, the Red Sox can carry on relieved with their offensive production in the starting lineup.

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August 8th 2017

Today the Red Sox have an opportunity to continue their strong recent play, 6 game win streak, and division lead against the 58-55 third place Tampa Bay Rays.

On the mound tonight is non other than Boston’s Ace, Chris Sale who enters tonight with a 13-4 record and 2.70 ERA.

Next: Boston Red Sox need to sweep Rays ahead of weekend Yankees series

Following the short 2-game series in Tampa, Boston heads over to New York for 4 games and a perfect opportunity to build upon their division lead. That series begins Friday night at 7:05 PM.