The Red Sox struggles began to cause anxiety within the fan base, but an offensive explosion may have restored faith.
The Red Sox entered Wednesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins 92-41, 49 games over .500, with the best record in baseball and 6.5 game lead over their rival New York Yankees.
On the surface, the Red Sox look to be sitting quite comfortably as the season heads into the final month. However, the last few weeks inside of Red Sox Nation tell a different story. The Sox have dealt with injuries to staff ace, Chris Sale, and arguably the team’s second best starting pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez. Additionally, they have had inconsistent performances from Rick Porcello and deadline acquisition Nathan Eovoldi and a bullpen that has struggled mightily in the second half.
The Tuesday win was nice, but there were plenty of storylines that outweighed a walk off against a team full of AAA talent. Offensively, there was life, but the bullpen dealt with struggles from Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel – two members that truthfully can’t struggle if the Red Sox want to make a World Series run.
Despite the offense being one of baseball’s best all season, has also been mediocre. Mookie Betts and Mitch Moreland have been mired in small slumps, while J.D. Martinez has dealt with a small power outage. There is little reason to think it will continue, but it’s noteworthy.
The Red Sox turned to their de-facto ace, David Price, who has been one of the best starters in all of baseball since the All-Star break on Wednesday night against the Marlins. Price wasn’t as sharp as usual, and the collective air of the fan base was let out of Fenway Park when Price to a rocket line drive off of his left (pitching) wrist, and was forced to leave the game after three innings. Despite solo home runs from Mookie Betts and Eduardo Nunez, the Sox found themselves trailing 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. And then, despite a season full of magical moments, came the inning that restored the faith in Boston.
The bottom of the seventh inning saw the offense explode for 11 runs on 12 hits, and the subdued crowd at Fenway Park became electric. They managed to do all of the damage without hitting a home run, but rather 7 singles, 4 doubles, and a triple, sandwiched around a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk. Jackie Bradley, Mookie Betts, Eduardo Nunez, Ian Kinsler, and pinch-hitter Blake Swihart all had multiple hits in the inning.
So you can re-live tonight with us. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/kx4ENp1KSc
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) August 30, 2018
A message was sent to all of baseball in the night’s 14-6 win. This Red Sox offense IS the best in the game, and the team with the most come from behind victories in baseball this season proved once again that this team is not to be counted out.
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