Now let's talk about a prospect that actually has panned out. Andrew Benintendi hit his first career triple as well as his first career home run while driving in two runs. Benintendi has shown no signs of slowing down since his call up. His 2 for 4 day at the plate improved his average to .322 in 18 games at the major league level. His stats are only going to get better after the return of Chris Young when he will only have to face right handers. Benintendi’s .OPS against righties is an impressive .943 as opposed to an underwhelming .619 against lefties. Despite the ugly loss, Sunday proved to be another big day for our left fielder of the future.
The Red Sox will now move on to Tampa Bay after a series split in Detroit. If the Sox are going to compete for the division title, they need to be able to beat teams like the Rays simply because they should. Since they are only half a game back of Toronto, this series isn't a must sweep. However, if Red Sox can do their job and win all 4 games, there is a very good chance that they fly back to Boston with a lead in the division standings. The Sox are leaving it up to David Price to get it started against his former team. Price is coming off a solid start in Baltimore that was shortened by rain. Despite some early season struggles against Tampa, David got the better of the Rays his last time out going 8 shutout innings while striking out 10. This is a big opportunity to head back home on a high note. If the Sox can bounce back as well as they did after Thursday afternoon’s loss, I think a sweep of the Rays may just be in the cards.