Red Sox Postseason Possibilities are Sky High
Can the Red Sox end Ortiz’s farewell tour with a ring?
Little to nothing can stop the Red Sox right now. The sox find themselves in good shape right now as they have won their last 19 of 32 games (59 pct). You can say that those wins came with a lot of help from Hanley Ramirez (.312 BA, 10HR, 25RBI, 30 Hits in September) as he came up in the clutch at the point of the season where the Red Sox needed him most.
It is no secret that hitting has been the Red Sox strong suit all year long. They lead the whole American league in hits with 1598 (163 more than any other AL team), Runs with 878 (101 more than any other AL team), RBIs with 836 (103 more than any other AL team), and batting average with a average of .282. The next best team average in the AL was .267.
The talent within this Red Sox lineup has been remarkable. David Ortiz put up 38 home runs on his farewell tour which is good enough for this team as it is. Along with that, he led the entire MLB in SLG (.620), OPS (1.021), XBH (87), and was tied for first in RBIs in the American League with 127; what a way to go out. Mookie Betts was another huge factor in the lineup this year. He lead the entire MLB in total bases with 359 and was only behind Mike Trout in WAR with a 9.6. Betts was also runner up in terms of batting average in the American League. He had a .318 BA and only trailed Jose Altuve. Dustin Pedroia was also in the mix as he leads the entire MLB in singles with 149. The Red Sox are the best hitting team in the entire MLB, as long this offense keeps doing what it’s been doing, the Red Sox have a very good shot at winning the world series.
Enough about the hitting, because that was never the issue coming into this season. Pitching has always been the worry Red Sox fans since day one. Let’s start with Rick Porcello. Nobody knew what to expect from this guy coming into the season, but nobody expected for him to put up a Cy Young worthy season like he has. According to @MLBStatoftheDay via Twitter, any pitcher who has had +21 wins, .800+ W-L%, and a WHIP below 1.00 has won the Cy Young since 1968. Porcello falls within all of those stats. Porcello winning Cy Young is besides the point, but his league leading win total (22) and an impressive ERA (3.15) can lead this Red Sox team to a world series.
The pitching for the Red Sox has had quite the turn-around. David Price started the year a little shaky but eventually he found his groove. Price leads the AL in innings pitched with 230, showing that he will be able to go deep in games during the postseason.
Clay Buchholz has also had a very rocky year. He started the season not how he wanted to, putting up a 5.91 ERA in the first half. He quickly turned it around and in his last 5 starts he has had a 3-0 record with a 3.14 ERA. Buchholz needs to stay hot to help the Red Sox bring home a world series.
Eduardo Rodriguez is another key pitcher that can help the Red Sox succeed this postseason. He has had somewhat of a rough year with injuries and struggles in the past, but he has been very hot recently. Over Rodriguez’s past 3 appearances, he has struck out 29 batters, posted a 3.24 ERA, and has gone 1-0. Just like Clay Buchholz, if Rodriguez can stay hot going into the playoffs, then the Red Sox have a very solid starter in Rodriguez.
The Red Sox are primed and ready for a fantastic postseason run. The hitting that this team has brought to the table this year is among the best baseball has ever seen. All year long the running issue for the Red Sox has been the pitching, and as mentioned earlier, Red Sox pitching is currently on fire. If the biggest issue from the Red Sox is no longer currently an issue, and the hitting is still there, then what is stopping this team from another world series. The answer is nothing. The Red Sox have a very good chance of winning this year’s World Series. According to ESPN, the Red Sox are the number two team heading into the postseason, only behind the Chicago Cubs, who they would only play if they made it to the world series. The Red Sox will be starting their playoff run in Cleveland for the ALDS. First pitch of game 1 is set for October 6th at 8pm EST.