Twenty-two year old Red Sox prospect Jose Vinicio will be one of the first people to tell you that hard work and determination can go a very long way. In the matter of a year, we have seen the middle infielder jump from A+ ball all the way to Triple-A; this progress can be credited to his fielding, speed, and versatility of playing both shortstop and second base.
I would like to start off by saying that no, Sandy Leon will not keep up his crazy offensive production. But, what I can say is that he most certainly is making the Red Sox catching situation very noteworthy.
David Price came struggling out of the gate for the 2016 season. In Price’s first seven starts in a Red Sox uniform, he racked up an ERA of 6.75. In four of those seven starts, he allowed five or more runs, some to teams who can be found at the bottom of the AL East standings. It would have been foolish to think those struggles would last throughout the entire season. Maybe Red Sox fans can just call his time of struggle a readjusting period. Because who we are seeing now is not the same David Price we saw in the beginning of the season through the first week of May.
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…