After the first couple weeks of the season and a few starts from Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright, there was much talk about his success. Some said at the time it wouldn’t last and a few others were ready to jump on the Wright train. Almost at the halfway point of the 2016 season, if you haven’t jumped on the Wright bandwagon, what are you waiting for?
The Red Sox bullpen has been on the wrong side of some recent breakdowns and has been providing some tough performances to watch. However, they did pitch well on Saturday against the Blue Jays.
When you look at the 2016 Red Sox team, it is hard to not think about post season, and post seasons for years to come. This team seems like the real deal right now. There are some questions about the team that still have to be answered, of course, but what teams don’t have kinks to figure out. However, this team we are seeing, a lot of its success can be contributed to half a decade ago. Yes, if it weren’t for 2011, I don’t know if we would be the same happy Red Sox fans we all are at this time and place.
I can sit here and tell you how great Jackie Bradley Jr.’s 29-game hit streak was, or I can also talk about how great Xander Bogaerts 22-game hit streak is. Instead, I want to draw attention to what Mookie Betts has been doing. There is a lot to talk about Mookie at the plate, and it doesn’t come with a very tall height.
Last night the Red Sox honored the 1986 American League champion Boston Red Sox team. This year now marks the 30-year anniversary of the 1986 team, despite how devastatingly that season ended, the Red Sox alumni were honored. The ceremony could have been put together last night, as tonight, May 26, was the unveiling of Wade Boggs’ number retirement, which was 26. See what the Red Sox did there…
Everyone is well aware of Jackie Bradley’s hit streak, however what is going fairly unnoticed is Xander Bogaert’s recent success, which after last nights 2 hit performance, has brought him a 17-game hitting streak.
Jackie Bradley Jr. is on fire right now. To say he is swinging a hot bat is an understatement. Today he just extended his hitting streak to 27 games; this is not an easy feat, but what people might not understand is that this is much more than just a hitting streak.
Every Red Sox fan and baseball fan knows that the Red Sox’s offensive numbers are not maintainable. However, it seems as if the team is constantly trying to shut everyone up, by putting up an average of 10 runs per game.
Coming into the 2016 season, the Red Sox had a bunch of “what if’s” that needed to fall into place in order for Red Sox fans to feel comfortable with this year’s team. Before the season even got underway, the “what if’s” seemed even more formidable when Eduardo Rodriguez and Carson Smith landed themselves on the disabled list before opening day.