The Red Sox are Fun Again!

Baseball fans outside of the New England area are having a field day making fun of irrational Red Sox fans one week into the Unknownseason.  After starting the 2013 season with a 5-2 record, fans are talking about winning the franchise’s third World Series in 10 years.  Maybe that is taking it a touch to far.  The point being; After 2 years of miserable baseball, the Boston Red Sox are back and now relevant in New England again.  It is no secret the Red Sox have been throughly unlikable the past 2 seasons.  Even during the stretch of 2011 when “The Greatest Baseball Team Ever” was playing like it, they were behind boring.  If anything the 2013 version of the Boston Red Sox is the antithesis of the past two years.  In one week, the Red Sox played with more emotion and fire than they had in all of the last two seasons combined.

Many in Boston are wondering if what the Red Sox are doing is sustainable.  Can they continue to play well over the course of a 162 game season and contend for a playoff spot?  There are bound to be peaks and valleys over such a long stretch of time.  A 5-2 record is playing .714 baseball.  They certainly will not win at this pace all season long.

The most promising aspect of the Red Sox hot start has been the pitching and defense.  Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz are pitching like the 1 and 1A Red Sox fans believe they are.  Lester is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA.  Buchholz is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA.  Whether it’s the absence of Josh Beckett or the presence of John Farrell, I do not know, but these guys have been lights out.  The bullpen has also been effective and are in the discussion for best bullpen in baseball.  Andrew Bailey has been dominant in his 8th inning role.  Joel Hanrahan has been able to shut the door in every game he has appeared in featuring his 99 MPH fastball.  Jonathan who?  And how about the defense?  Through 7 games, ZERO errors.

The unsung guys have been contributing in a big way.  Jose Iglesias is batting .450.  (Speaking of things that won’t last).  Daniel Unknown-1Nava hit a game winning home run from the right side of the plate against the Orioles.  David Ross has made it clear nobody will steal any bases under his watch.  Will “Misslebrooks” launched three rockets out of the Rogers Centre.

Honesty what is there not to like about this team?  After two seasons of watching boring, unlikable, prima donnas this current team is a breath of fresh air.  The Red Sox have 19 straight games before their next scheduled off day. It is my hope I will be able to report back to you with even more positive feedback at that time.  As it stands at the time of this writing, the Red Sox are 5-2, 2 games ahead of the Orioles, Yankees, and Rays in sole possession of first place.


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