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Twenty-six runs scored over a ten game span is bad, that is an average of 2.6 runs per game. A barren wasteland of offensive production. No wonder the Sox lost ten games in a row.
In the last three games the Sox have averaged six runs per game. Not surprisingly, with that level of offensive firepower, they beat Atlanta all three games. So what has changed to awaken the offense?
Did Jonny Gomes led the charge by antagonizing the bench clearing brawl against the Rays? Maybe, that game marked the final loss of the losing streak. Or was the offensive production sparked by Farrell shuffling the lineup?
Monday, May 26th: Red Sox 8, Braves 6
Tuesday, May 27th: Red Sox 6, Braves 3
Wednesday, May 28th: Red Sox 4, Braves 0
It certainly seems as though the current lineup structure (1 Holt, 2 Bogaerts, 3 Pedroia, 4 Ortiz) has been productive. The back of the order, despite continual tinkering, has also swung the bat with confidence and consistency. This has helped the Red Sox have solid throughout the entire lineup. While things are going well now, what happens when Stephen Drew is ready to return? Does Farrell sacrifice Holt’s production at the top of the lineup for Drew’s glove at short stop? Will Bogaerts slide down the batting order once Victorino eventually returns? Only time can answer these questions, so in the mean time let’s hope the team keeps trending upward.