The Boston Red Sox were supposed to be bad this season. Like historically bad. Not even kidding, people thought this would be a 100 loss team. People were probably betting the under on the win total for the Red Sox this season.
But so far through 21 games, the Red Sox are 11-10. Now, they’re last in the American League East. However, if they were in any other division; they’d be right in the thick of things.
So now that we’ve had a small sample size, I think it’s fair to say that this Red Sox baseball team is not that bad!
Boston Red Sox having a better than advertised offense
The truth of the matter is that the Red Sox offense has not been as terrible as some would have expected.
Rafael Devers is showing why he was wort such a long extension. The third baseman is hitting right around .253 with 7 homeruns and 18 RBIs. So he’s doing his part.
We obviously had Adam Duvall tearing it up at the plate before he injured his wrist.
Alex Verdugo has also been very hot at the plate. He’s taking care of the leadoff spot better than anyone could’ve imagined, with a .341 average might I add. It seems like Verdugo is seeing the ball extremely well and crushing balls on the inner half. A really good sign for a team that needs everyone to contribute!
Boston Red Sox having an actually serviceable bullpen
One of the biggest pet peeves for Red Sox fans was watching the bullpen blow game after game. At one point, the Red Sox were leading the league in blown saves because of their “bullpen by committee” approach. But it’s much better now!
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Josh Winckowski has been a pleasant surprise for this Red Sox team. He’s given quality innings for the Red Sox and getting a lot of swings and misses.
Chris Martin has been steady through his first appearances with the Red Sox thus far. He isn’t getting the strikeouts like he did with the Dodgers last season. But he’s throwing strikes and getting outs. Being injured doesn’t help, but hopefully; it’ll be a quick injured list stunt for the right-hander.
Then of course, having Kenley Jansen as your closer is nice too. Jansen hasn’t had many problems with the pitch clock, which a lot of people said could be a problem for the veteran closer. But he’s stayed the course and protected any lead that he’s come into for a Red Sox team that was known for blowing those leads in years’ past.
The bottom line with the Boston Red Sox start to the season
So far, the product on the field is actually watchable! That’s all we as Red Sox fans are asking for at this moment in time.
We’re not expecting a World Series title this year. Just make it so that way there is competitive baseball come the summer. When the Celtics and Bruins runs are over, the Red Sox will be the only major sport going until September. So for that stretch, give us some decent baseball.
That’s all we ask!