This offense as a whole has been on a tear this past week. It seems as though it’s someone different leading the charge every night. Friday night, it was Hanley Ramirez getting the job done. Hanley collected 3 hits and 4 RBI’s while even stealing a base. Hanley’s defense has been a pleasant surprise this year. However, for the most part he has been very underwhelming on the offensive side of things. This lineup has a completely different look to it when Hanley is swinging the bat the way that he’s capable of. HanRam is an important cog in this offense and if he can stay hot, I have faith the rest of the lineup can do the same.
With losses from both Baltimore and Toronto, the Sox find themselves just half a game back of the Blue Jays for the division lead. The out of their next 6 games, 2 are against Detroit and 4 are against Tampa Bay. All 6 of these games are extremely winnable and I expect the Sox to reclaim first place by the time they return to Fenway. They will look to keep the ball rolling on Saturday night with Drew Pomeranz taking the mound. Pomeranz is coming off the best start of his short Red Sox career where he claimed his first Red Sox win. If Pomeranz can pitch that effectively this time around, the team will be in a great position to win. With the way this offense has been hitting, as long as Pomeranz doesn’t completely go off the rails, he should be fine. If all goes well, Friday will have been the last night we go to sleep as second place fans.