What seems to be a common theme for the Boston Red Sox this year is that there is always someone on the team who has a hot bat. When one player cools down, another one has been slowly heating up for some time, until what they are doing obtains a lot of attention.
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.
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.