Boston Red Sox: 3 unexpected contributors to the team’s winning stretch

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher John Schreiber (46) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher John Schreiber (46) Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /
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Franchy Cordero #16 of the Boston Red Sox (Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images) /

The Boston Red Sox have been on a winning spree lately, and they are clawing their way back up the AL East standings. They still have a long way to go, but the good news is there’s a lot of baseball left to play.

Just a few weeks ago, we were ready to pronounce this team dead, but now they look alive and well. They have received contributions up and down the roster, and things are finally beginning to play out as they were expected to when we entered the 2022 season.

Some people on this roster (Trevor Story, Alex Verdugo, Kike Hernandez, etc.) were playing well below their expectations, but now they are finally heating up. But the bottom half of the roster has been playing just as well too. Here are three players who are unexpectedly contributing to Boston’s recent winning stretch.

Boston Red Sox unexpected contributor No. 3: Franchy Cordero

Franchy Cordero didn’t start the season on Boston’s roster, but ever since he was called up on April 29th, he hasn’t showed any signs of wanting to go back to the Worcester Red Sox. Cordero has filled in all over the place on the field, and even better, he’s been hitting when he’s in the lineup too.

Cordero was sort of a forgotten man after he hit only .189 over 48 games for the Sox last season, and he ended up spending most of the season with the WooSox. But he’s shown some promise this season, as he’s hitting .282 with two home runs and 12 runs batted through 25 games.

Franchy has really come as of late, as he has hits in 12 of his last 16 games. It’s important to remember that Cordero isn’t always playing full games when he plays too. Sometimes he starts the game and comes out early, sometimes he comes off the bench midway through the game, and sometimes he’s just a pinch hitter for one at-bat.

Regardless, Cordero has been a huge help off the bench for the Sox lately, and any production Boston can get out of him has to be considered a win.