On the bright side, Andrew Benintendi has proven to be exactly who we thought he was. He is a reliable hitter with an exceptional eye for the strike zone. Last night I watched Benintendi not even flinch on breaking balls falling out of the zone that I could just picture Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. chasing after for strike three. These abilities allowed him to put together his first 3 hit game and collect his first 2 RBI’s Sunday night. He also collected his first stolen base. He showed off his well above average speed with this stolen base as well as when he scored from second on a lined shot to left field by Mookie Betts. On a demoralizing night for Red Sox fans, Benintendi showed that there’s at least one thing that fans can get excited about.
The Red Sox are coming back to Boston after a 5-6 road trip. They still remain only 3 games back of Baltimore in the division, but they are going to need to go on a run if they want to begin to close that gap. Inconsistency has been the calling card for this Red Sox team as they continue to lose games against teams that they should be beating. This next homestand against the Yankees and Diamondbacks should really tell the fans if this team has a legitimate shot at the division crown.