Worry not, Nation, the Red Sox bats will be just fine. Despite being no-hit on Saturday and held to just 6 hits and 1 run on Sunday, the Red Sox are still the top ranked offense in the MLB and should continue to be so for the foreseeable future.
Boston still ranks 1st in an astounding 7 major statistical categories: BA (.277), SLG (.467), OPS (.810), hits (207), doubles (58), runs (124), and RBI (117). They’re 2nd in K’s (only 146), tied for 4th in OBP (.344), and 8th in HR (26). They’ve scored at least 6 runs in 11 of their 21 games so far, and have scored 2 or less only 4 times, 2 of those being the last 2 games.
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The top of the order has been particularly impressive. Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Hanley Ramirez, J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers make up the normal 1-5 hitters in the Boston lineup. Collectively, they’re hitting .302 with 17 HR and 74 RBI, with Betts leading the league in BA (.366) and runs (23).
It’s important not to forget guys who are perceived to be role players, as well. Platooning at 1B and DH, Mitch Moreland is batting .349/.408/1.013 with 2 HR, 5 doubles and 11 RBI. Brock Holt, who’s been platooning just about everywhere, has come on late too, hitting .323/.344/.860 with a home run, 4 RBI and 5 runs in his last 8 games.
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Additionally, the Red Sox are doing all of this without 2 of their top players. Xander Bogaerts, who hasn’t played since April 8, was hitting .368/.400/1.111 with 2 HR, 7 doubles, 9 RBI and 7 runs when he injured himself and went to the DL. Dustin Pedroia hasn’t played at all this year either. Since winning Rookie of the Year in 2007, he has averaged 12+ HR, 65+ RBI and 83+ runs per year while hitting an even .300 and acting as a catalyst to the offense at the top of the order. He’s still down in Ft. Myers, Florida at extended Spring Training rehabbing his injured knee, and whether he’ll be the same player he’s always been when he returns remains to be seen, but his track record speaks for itself.
With the Blue Jays (4.09 team ERA), Rays (4.76 team ERA), and Royals (5.25 team ERA) next up on the schedule, Boston will be seeing plenty of struggling pitchers. With all of that talent across the board, they should be able to take advantage and get back to their slugging ways in no time.