The Red Sox are on the rise as they head into second half of the season. If you think about it, the Sox haven’t even played that great of baseball yet and they are still atop of the AL East.
Drew Pomeranz may be the biggest surprise of this rotation so far this season. They guy keeps going out and gives quality starts. I stated in the beginning of the season that Pomeranz is a .500 pitcher but has the potential to be a solid starter. He has done just that by earning a record of 9-4 with a 3.60 ERA.Price is on his way back from the the Spring Injury that has kept him out for most of this season. Sale is Sale, the dude is absolutely electric, and E Rod should be returning to the rotation by mid August. I am telling you, by the end of September, this Red Sox rotation is going to be tough to take down in 7 game series. Last but not least, I am still holding some faith for Rick Porcello. I may get a lot of backlash for this, but the dude won the CY Young award last season. I know he is 4-11 but he has that potential to turn it around the second half of the season. IF he does, then he will just be an added bonus to the rotation.
This Red Sox team will not surprise anyone with their power, but they will get on base and be aggressive. Yes the Sox have the lowest HR total in the American League (92), but they are still winning ball games. Red Sox fans would obviously love to see more dingers, but as long as this lineup producing then no one will fuss about the HR total. The Sox have the 5th best team batting average in the MLB (.268) as well as the 5th best on base percentage (.340). PLUS Pedroia is back in the lineup, so there is just another veteran player that gets the job done.
I really think the Sox are going to turn it on during the second half of the season, and would not be surprised if they took a commanding lead in the AL East. I’m talking a 10 plus game lead over the Yankees, Rays, and Orioles. As long as this team can stay healthy, then the sky is the limit.
Written By: Connor Strayer (@Big_C19)