The defending World Series Champions are having an up and down season so far but will hope their current high of seven wins on the bounce continues to improve their season.
Their seventh straight victory followed a torrid time when the Boston Red Sox lost 10 games in a row. The team was in pieces with nearly every player out of form and a mounting injury list. The Red Sox were without the likes of Mike Napoli and Will Middlebrooks, both massive players for the team as they won the World Series last season.
Last Sunday’s tenth loss, against Tampa Bay Rays, was the lowest ebb. The 8-5 defeat confirmed the 3-0 series defeat and something had to change. And it has.
Manager John Farrell put it down to the pitchers and in particular Jon Lester. Against the same opposition as their last defeat, Lester threw a shutout game and led the Red Sox to a 4-0 victory to notch up lucky number seven.
“The cliché holds true. Good pitchers, if you don’t get to them early, they’re going to settle into a rhythm and get stronger as the game goes on. We’ve seen that a number of times with Jon, today in particular.”
The Red Sox manager appeared a lot calmer than 24 hours previous.
In a heated contest, both benches were cleared during the Red Sox v Rays game on Saturday and Farrell was ejected along with three others after David Price hit David Ortiz in the back with a fastball.
Despite the indiscipline, the Red Sox held their nerve and finished the job with another victory.
Boston now sit on a 27-29 season record and are six wins behind current leaders Toronto Blue Jays, who have the best form record over ten games on 8-2.
According to MLB.com, the Red Sox tied a MLB record for consecutive wins directly after a 10+ defeat run with Sunday’s victory.
Detroit Tigers won seven in a row in October 1989 after losing 12 consecutive games and the Pittsburgh Pirates also won seven in June 1942 after 10 defeats.
Tonight, the Red Sox have the opportunity to make their own history if they can secure their eighth consecutive win at the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
Then Farrell and company can forget their horrific run in May and look forward to an explosive summer and make a late push for the playoffs.
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