Boston Red Sox: Can the Sox Keep Up Their Fast Start?
The Boston Red Sox are off to a great start to their 2021 MLB season.
The BoSox are fun to watch, especially when you look at their offense.
With the Tampa Bay Rays flirting with the .500 mark and the New York Yankees in the basement, Boston is in great shape.
I don’t know if the Sox will capture the division crown, but there are a few reasons why they can sustain their level of success.
Let’s take a look why Boston can keep up this level of play.
The Red Sox lineup can smash the baseball and it couldn’t be more clear.
J.D. Martinez already has an average of .383 and 20 RBIs to go along with six homers.
Third baseman Rafael Devers has posted five dingers, 15 ribbies, and 16 total hits.
Boston knows how to drive in runs consistently and they will continue to keep themselves in ball games.
But, they don’t always score a lot of runs.
Recently, the Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox, 11-4. But, before that they lost to Chicago, 5-1 and 3-2.
In the first game of that series, Boston topped the ChiSox, 7-4.
The Sox are getting some quality outings from starting pitchers.
Nathan Eovaldi is definitely the ace of the staff and he currently has an ERA of 3.04.
He’s allowed four walks in 23.2 innings pitched.
Meanwhile, Nick Pivetta has three straight quality starts to open his ’21 campaign.
The former Philadelphia Phillie has only given up one homer in 14.2 innings.
Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez has a 3.60 ERA through 10 frames this season.
Starters like Garrett Richards, Tanner Houck, and Martin Perez have to get better, but they have some promise as quality arms. This trio should not be a terrible bunch for the backend of that Sox rotation.
The Boston Red Sox are fortunate that their bullpen has been really good to start the season.
Matt Barnes has two saves and has only surrendered two hits in eight innings of work.
Darwinzon Hernandez has pitched in seven games and has allowed one run in six frames. The reliever has struck out six hitters so far.
Hirokazu Sawamura has given up one homer in 7.1 innings of work to open the ’21 season.
He’s been a strong contributor through seven games and has allowed four hits.
Let’s not forget former Tampa Bay Ray Matt Andriese, who has struck out nine batters in 9.2 frames for the Red Sox.
The Red Sox have kept themselves in games to begin 2021 and it could last just as long as they pitch well.
If things keep going well, I would expect Boston to be buyers at the MLB Trade Deadline. But, I wouldn’t expect some blockbuster deal.
Maybe the Sox add another starting pitcher or find a better first base option.
As for the AL East, the Boston Red Sox should be in the thick of things for the entire season.
The Yankees aren’t pitching well consistently, outside of Gerrit Cole.
What do you make of the Red Sox hot start? Can they keep it up? Leave a comment below.