Quite surprisingly, the Boston Red Sox lead the AL East by two games over the Rays and 9 games more than the rival Yankees. All this after they were picked to continue to struggle and finish at the bottom of the division.
Pre-season prognosticators were expecting a not-so-great team, especially after rough times last year. Instead under the leadership of manager Alex Cora, the Red Sox now lead the always tough AL East.
They were also well represented in the Midsummer Classic, the MLB All-Star game in Colorado. Five Red Sox players made the roster …. Rafael Furcal, Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez, Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, and Closer Matt Barnes.
They were able to propel the American League to another victory over the National League for the 8th straight season in their 5-2 win. However, the most exciting aspect of the 2021 Red Sox is their amazing ability to come back to win games in later innings.
They not only overwhelmingly have beat the Yankees in their matchups this season on their own turf but recently had late-inning comeback wins including a game they won by one run at Fenway after being no-hit for 7 innings.
Furcal and Bogaerts continue their consistent play while role players Alex Verdugo, Kike Hernandez, and Hunter Renfroe get clutch hits with many game-winning home runs. An important stretch of games against Toronto and Tampa Bay are coming up in August that will be crucial in determining who will capture the AL East pennant.
However, these Red Sox are come from behind specialists that should be very prepared to continue their winning ways. In addition, Chris Sale is steady in his injury rehab assignments and hoping to make an important comeback of his own to bolster the starting pitching staff.
Things are looking good for our Sox and let’s root them onto another awesome pennant run in 2021– Go Sox Go!