It feels as though the whole world is finally discovering that Mookie Betts is a superstar. He continued to prove that he belongs in the MVP conversion on Monday by going 2 for 5 which included a towering 402 foot bomb that hit the top of the Selfeo sign on the Green Monster. Believe it or not, this was the only home run hit in a 9-4 blowout of the Rays. Mookie is now batting .382 over his last 30 games with 10 home runs and 30 RBI’s. After winning the American League player of the month in July, he has put himself in position to potentially go back to back and take the award for August as well. If they can name him the best player in the American League for July AND August, I don’t see why they won’t be able to name him the MVP of the league at the end of the season.
The Sox now move forward to Game 2 of the series. Drew Pomeranz is the next pitcher in line to take the ball for Boston in another must-win game. After racking up a career high 11 strikeouts in 6 innings in his last start, Pomeranz will look to continue his recent stretch of 5 straight starts with 2 earned runs or less. With the way this offense has been swinging the bats, all Drew has to do is avoid a big inning and he should be fine. The Blue Jays are starting to catch fire, and the Red Sox have to win these games just to keep pace. The Red Sox still sit 2 games back in the division. However, they have a 2 game advantage over Baltimore for the first wild card spot. Despite the fact that I have been skeptical about playing a wild card playoff game all season, I am starting to warm up to it if they can play the game at Fenway. If is Ricky P on the mound in Boston, I feel as though the Red Sox can’t possibly lose.