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Bats Come Alive During Red Sox Turnaround

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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

  • Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts, as the first and second batter, each score twice
  • Big Papi drives in four runs
  • First six batters in Sox lineup saw a combined 133 pitches (Holt, Bogaerts, Pedroia, Ortiz, Pierzynski, Gomes)

Tuesday, May 27th: Red Sox 6, Braves 3

  • First six batters in the lineup each score a run (Holt, Bogaerts, Pedroia, Ortiz, Gomes, Sizemore)
  • Every single batter (except Lester) has at least one hit
  • 6-8 hitters drive in runs (Sizemore 1, Ross 1, Bradley Jr. 2)

Wednesday, May 28th: Red Sox 4, Braves 0

  • Back of order drives in runs again (Pierzynski 1, Gomes 1, Bradley Jr. 1)
  • Bogaerts compiled three hits, and leads the team with a .383 OBP
  • The first three batters (Holt, Bogaerts, Pedroia) saw a combined 75 pitches (43% of pitches thrown to total team)

Other Notes:

  • Sizemore is riding a five game hitting streak
  • The Red Sox have averaged 11.3 hits per game
  • Pedroia, Ortiz, Bradley Jr., Sizemore, Ross, Pierzynski, and Gomes all had at least one RBI over last three games

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.

About Jon Ellis - @Jon_Ellis13

Jon is currently studying Creative Writing focusing on nonfiction at the Southern New Hampshire University M.F.A. program. Originally from the great state of New Jersey, Jon writes about the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and fantasy sports. Jon is still an ardent Giants fan (and can therefore cover the Patriots with unrivaled objectivity) but, growing up with so many Yankees fans, he has developed a strong distaste for all things Bronx-Bomber. He spent the last few years living in Vermont and currently resides in Boston. Follow Jon on Twitter @Jon_Ellis13

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