When the Boston Red Sox began their 2023 season, I think it’s safe to say that we as fans were expecting the worst. It was like the horrible days were ahead and we couldn’t stop the avalanche from dropping on us. But now that April is over and we’re in the first week of May, vibes are actually pretty high!
The Red Sox finished off a four game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays this week. This is a huge milestone for a team that went 3-16 the year before against this same Blue Jays squad. Plus, the Jays were fully healthy!
So now with a record over .500 and confidence up, it’s safe to say that the Boston Red Sox are becoming fun to watch again.
Boston Red Sox getting it done up and down the lineup
The great thing about the Red Sox in 2023 so far is the offense. They have a more complete lineup than that woeful 2022 team and they’re getting contributions just about everywhere.
Alex Verdugo has had a hot start to the season and continues to set the tone in the leadoff spot. He has a knack for the clutch moment and embodies what it means to be on a Boston professional sports team.
Then we have to talk about the arrival of Masataka Yoshida. He has been arguably the hottest hitter on the team, riding a 14-game hit streak into Friday night’s matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies. It seems like the rookie outfielder has figured out that hitting to all fields will serve him well at the MLB level. His average is now at .317 and you could probably bet on him being the A.L. Rookie of the Year.
Connor Wong is starting to find his swing at the big level. Triston Casas has come alive the past few games too.
It’s a lot of fun to see what this team is doing at the plate. The scary part? Rafael Devers isn’t even having as close to a start as he would probably like. AND he’s leading the American League in homeruns!
This lineup is not striking out, putting balls in play, and knocking in runs when the times call for it to be done. Pretty good!
Boston Red Sox starting to get better pitching
It looks as though the Red Sox pitching is starting to get healthier and figuring it out a bit.
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The starters are starting to give respectable starts to ease the burden on the bullpen. They’re getting guys like Chris Martin back into the ‘pen. Sure, Kutter Crawford and Garrett Whitlock are on the IL. But those should be short stints.
The bottom line is that this team doesn’t puke on themselves as much as they did last season. They’re pitching deeper into the game. And when starters are off, the bullpen is giving the offense a fighting chance to come back and win any game.
When you put good pitching together, you more likely than not will have a chance to win a lot of baseball games.
The bottom line with the Boston Red Sox so far in 2023
So far, so good. But again, it’s only May ladies and gentlemen.
But at least the Red Sox are giving us meaningful baseball to watch again. After the train wreck that was 2022, it’s nice to no longer see this team in the cellar of the A.L. East.
They’re better than we expected and can fight for a Wild Card spot with their current roster. So let’s keep watching Red Sox baseball!