The Red Sox enter tonight going up against the Houston Astros for a three game road series. They are going into the opener with Chris Sale going against old friend Wade Miley. If the Red Sox want to prove that they are officially back to somewhat of what they were in 2018, then Chris Sale has to set the tone tonight.
It’s #SaleDay in Houston!
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) May 24, 2019
Sale Has Pitched Much Better In May
We all know how bad Chris Sale’s start to the season was in April. A lot of people (not me!) thought he was slowly declining. But he has turned it around in the month of May. In his last 2 starts alone, he has 27 strikeouts in 37 outs that he recorded. That is pretty damn good for a guy that everybody was writing off just a month ago! So this start could be a telling tale of whether or not he is the dominant Chris Sale we know and love.
The Red Sox Have a Tough Stretch of Games Coming Up
Like Kevin wrote in his article earlier today, the Red Sox next stretch of games isn’t exactly easy.
The Red Sox have this series in Houston, followed by a 3 game homestand against the Cleveland Indians, and then a 4 game series in the Bronx against the Yankees. No game will be easy in this 10 game stretch. So a good start tonight from Sale can help get this tough stretch of games start in the right direction: with a win.
The Red Sox Have Been Playing Well As A Whole
The Red Sox have had the best record in the MLB since April 29th.
MLB’s best records since Apr. 29:
1. Red Sox (16-6, .727)
2. Yankees (15-6, .714)
3. Twins (17-7, .708)
In that time, the Sox also lead the majors in runs scored per game (6.68) and OBP (.372).
— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) May 24, 2019
6.68 runs per game is certainly something to smile about. A .372 OBP is also something to be happy about as a Red Sox fan. With guys like Michael Chavis and Rafael Devers stepping up at the plate, it has been a fun month of watching Red Sox baseball. I am just hoping it continues through the next few weeks.
You have your ace on the mound that is pretty much back. Your offense has turned the corner from the start of the season. This is the game that you need to win in order to start this tough stretch of games on the right foot. If the Red Sox are back, they should be able to go 7-3 or 8-2 in this 10 game stretch. Let’s just hope I’m writing and gloating about how I was right. Time will tell.
-Alan Nahigian (@BigAl2793)