Following Friday night’s 9 run performance, I was still extremely skeptical of this Red Sox offense. In the past couple of weeks, they’ve shown us that they're just as likely to be contained to 2 or 3 runs as they are to score 5 or more. They’ve proven that they're capable of having big nights, but I wanted to see them do it consistently. Now after watching them put up 16 runs on Arizona to finish off the series sweep, I find myself ready to buy in. It all started with a 2 run home run by Mookie Betts
This was just Mookie giving the fans at Fenway a taste of what they were going to see. The Sox would get 8 RBI’s from Mookie alone, 3 from Jackie Bradley Jr., 2 from Dustin Pedroia, and 1 from both Hanley Ramirez and Andrew Benintendi. This offensive attack was in support of Rick Porcello, who went out and improved his record at home to 12-0 on the season. The Sox were finally able to get great performances from both their pitching and offense and this resulted in their 16-2 victory.
twitter.com/jake_perda_Rick Porcello continued to show why he will get the ball if the Red Sox find themselves in a one game playoff by going 7 innings, while allowing just 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 4 D-Backs. The one part of this game that really stuck out to me was in the first inning when Andrew Benintendi fielded a ball off the monster, and aggressively decided to launch a throw to first base. The runner Jean Segura watched the throw sail over his head as he took second base on Benintendi’s first career error. A lot of pitchers would have gotten pissed off and shot the left fielder a look letting them know how much they suck. What makes Porcello great is that he was able to remain calm and pick up his teammate up after his mistake. I’ve found myself waiting eagerly for every 5th day to come so I can watch Rick go out and put the Sox in position to get a W. Porcello has more than made up for his horrific 2015 season and he is now showing Sox fans that $82.5 million might’ve actually been a bargain.
Today Mookie Betts showed off why he should at the very least be in the American League MVP discussion. Betts went 4 for 6 with 3 home runs, 8 RBI’s, 4 runs, and a whopping 13 total bases. This is the second time this year that Betts has left the yard 3 times in one game, making him the first player to do so since Albert Pujols did it for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006. Too many people are ready to hand the AL MVP award to Jose Altuve. Meanwhile, Mookie Betts has been making a strong case for himself as the favorite to win the award. On Sunday, Betts hit his 24th, 25th, and 26th home runs of the season while increasing his RBI total to 84. These totals are both greater than those of Altuve as well as Betts’ season totals from 2015. In 2015, he finished 19th in the MVP voting so we’ll have to see how far he can make it up the list this season. We’ll concentrate more on the MVP voting when the time comes. For now we just have to admire what Mookie is doing to contribute to the success of the team as the playoff race continues.
I want to give a shoutout to Andrew Benintendi for continuing to produce at the bottom of the lineup and truly becoming the Sox second leadoff man. After Thursday night's loss to New York, I called this series a must-sweep for Boston. This team needed a boost and if they even lost a single game to an Arizona team that is in the basement of the NL West, it would have been extremely hard to recover from. Not to mention, it has been almost impossible for the Red Sox to gain any ground on Baltimore and Toronto in the division. With a 2 game series coming up in Baltimore, this is a great time for the team to get hot. The O’s have shown the ability to out-slug any team in their path, but I like the Sox chances if their offense shows up. Drew Pomeranz takes the hill on Monday for the Sox in a makeup game in Cleveland. Pomeranz should have already gotten his Red Sox win last time out, but I want to see him go out and take it this time. Drew still has a lot to prove to the fans of Boston. Keeping this win streak alive would be a good place to start.