After a shockingly slow start to this 2019 MLB season (19-19 currently) the Boston Red Sox are steadily rising in their return to glory. With last night’s monumental 2-1 victory on the road against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, the Red Sox made an emphatic statement that THIS season is not over yet.
In fact not only are they a .500 team again, they are only 5 games behind the AL East leading Tampa Bay Rays and there is fortunately plenty of season left to play. Last night’s extra inning win shows this team is not going to quit and the rest of baseball better beware because the Sox are gaining lost ground.
After all they are the defending champs and posted one of the best seasons in baseball history during their 2018 campaign. Perhaps they were a bit weary due to an extra month of spectacular playoff baseball played only a few months ago but this 2019 Red Sox team has finally turned the corner and will be contenders again this year.
The pitching staff is surging behind their number one starter Chris Sale and last night’s pitching corps went 12 innings to establish a new combined record wherein 20 batters were struck out without any walks given up
In addition, we are happy to report that both Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi slugged homeruns to complete the win while Jackie Bradley Jr. made an amazing HR robbing catch in Camden Yards’ spacious CF to seal the deal.
It was a great team win and with the hot hitting of Mitch Moreland, Xander Bogaerts, and recently called up 2B Michael Chavis; this team lineup is going to score runs again. Manager Alex Cora must be relieved as he has shuffled around players to fill positions for some important members who are not with the team again this year like Joe Kelly, Blake Swihart, and Craig Kimbrel. However, they are finally starting to respond to the changes while veterans Sale, Porcello, and company get back to their usual form.
It will be a very interesting season as the always competitive AL East will go down to the wire. Just don’t count out these defending champs. They will soon be back in the playoffs and better than ever on their quest to repeat. Go Red Sox Go!!
Tim has been a fan of Boston sports teams from birth, with a special affinity for the Red Sox and Celtics. His favorite Sox players of all time include David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Varitek, and Mike Napoli. Tim has taught and coached high school basketball for years and enjoys writing screenplays in his spare time.