Xander Bogaerts might finally be heating up. Maybe...I hope? It seems as though his batting average keeps dropping no matter how many good games he has that convince us his slump is over. In Friday’s game, Xander went 2 for 6 including a solo homerun to left in the top of the 7th. I’m not going to be convinced that Xander is back to being Xander until I see it consistently. I want to see him using the whole field and getting on base a lot more than I’ve seen him in the past few weeks. This was a solid start.
The Red Sox have 2 more games in Toronto before heading back home to Boston. If the Red Sox win both of these games, they have a chance to go up in the division by 4 games. The key to Friday's win is that even if they lose the next two games, the worst that can happen is Boston falling into a first place tie. Obviously it would be ideal if the Sox could get the sweep. However, this Blue Jays team is better than they showed on Friday. I’m a lot more confident about this series now than I was on Thursday, but it's up to the team as a whole to come through. Eduardo Rodriguez will get the ball on Saturday afternoon. After tossing 7 ⅔ hitless innings his last time out, E-Rod will need to keep it going. Unlike his last outing, maybe the offense will hold up their end of the bargain.