The Boston Red Sox have won 9 of their last 12 games. With 5 of those wins coming on the road against some of the American league’s best, Cleveland, Baltimore, and Detroit. This, so far successful road trip is no fluke. From pitching, to hitting, to defense this Red Sox team is hot right now. I usually don’t like to compare teams, however, this team has a 2004 feel to it. I know every Red Sox fan remembers that team, the camaraderie, the pitching towards the end of the season, and the most similarity between the two teams is how each team played, and has played towards the end of the season.
Over this road trip, The Sox starters have a combined ERA of 1.51. It doesn’t matter who’s on the mound right now, from Price, Porcello, Pomeranz, and even Clay Buchholz, they are all producing. Most impressive all the starters are able lately to go deeper in the game, which really helps with a bullpen as putrid as The Sox pen. With these being the dog days of summer and another long road trip on the horizon, The starters have to continue to dominate the way they have been.
The offense hasn’t been too shabby over this stretch. Betts and Ortiz have been hot of late, and with constant contributing from Sandy Leon, Dustin Pedroia, and Hanley Ramirez this offense isn’t showing any signs of slowing up. It would be nice to see Xander get going, his last two games he has had two hit in each game, which is a good sign. As well as the starters have been pitching they could go south very fast, and if or when that happens it will be up to the offense to carry the load.