Week 2 was finished; the Red Sox sat at 2-7. To some, the post season looked like a figment of the imagination – 2 months later, after posting a 32-19 record they lead the Yankees by 2 games (depending on today’s play), the Red Sox are back in old-but-new form. The Sox lead the Majors in Runs Scored (336), 2nd in Batting Average (.274) OBP (.347) and Slugging (.443) and 2nd only to the Yankees in Run Differential (-6). David Ortiz is back to his old ways. Current AL Ranks: 4th in BA, 5th in HR, 2nd in OPS and 2nd in SLG%. Carl Crawford is cementing himself in the Sox lineup, after hitting .155 in April, he is hitting .308 since May 1st. Adrian Gonzalez… well, do I even have to go there? In May alone he hit 9 HR, had 31 RBIs and hit .341. Although A-Gonzo’s Walks and BB/K are down from the last 2 seasons, he is on pace for a career high in Extra Base Hits.
So a couple of guys are having a good season…look at their line-up: 5 players have more than 5 HR/30 RBI, 6 players with SLG% of more then .400, 10 players with OBP of over .300. There is no denying that by simply looking at the line-up an opposing pitcher could have a bowel movement in his pants.
From all the pre-season expectations to the humiliation of starting 2-10 to a current 9-game win streak, these Sox have seen it all. The question that will rise now is: Will they be able to keep going? Can they handle the pressure of the AL East? I think they can and will. I won’t get my hopes up but a 95-100 win season isn’t out of the question yet.