As the first month of the 2016 season comes to a close the Red Sox have been playing some solid baseball. Looking to improve on last years difficult season the Red Sox changed General Managers and have been getting solid contributions from players that were added to bolster the pitching staff. More importantly they are playing well together again and functioning once again as a team.
On April 25, they squeaked by with a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves as Porcello got the win courtesy of Jackie Bradley Jr.’s solo Homerun. This puts them at .500 with an overall record of 9-9. Only the night before Closer Craig Kimbrel blew the save against a tough Houston Astros by allowing a 2-Run HR with two outs in the 9th. Ouch! Luckily, his teammates redeemed him by scoring two runs in extra innings to give the Red Sox a much needed win. This next game David Price looks to bounce back after a previous disastrous outing that caused him to apologize to the Red Sox fans for not having done better. All in all though he has done a decent job anchoring the Red Sox Pitching staff. His pitching is sorely needed on a staff that has struggled.
In other statistical achievements, Dustin Pedroia collected his 1500th hit last Thursday. With his long contract and steady play at 2nd base let’s hope Red Sox Nation is able to see him get many more. As this is Ortiz’s last year we are fortunate in the baseball world to have other proven players to count on.
So far, the Red Sox look like they will be much more improved over last year. The young players are contributing when called up and Manager John Farrell has rightly made it known to the team that playing time will be reserved for those who play consistently, contribute to the team, and maximize production form their respective positions. There’s a long road of recovery ahead and there will most likely be bumps but so far it looks like the 2016 Boston Red are prepared and will be cruising along mighty fine. Go Sox.