The Boston Red Sox look like the league's biggest spoiler team this year. But, if you've just started watching them, they look like the best team in the league.
I'll be frank about it, they're not. Not even close actually. A big part of Boston's late season success has been young outfield stud, Jackie Bradley Jr.
In 49 games with Boston this year, he's hitting .312 with 8 HR and 36 RBI. Now, let me remind you that up until August 15th, he was sitting sub .200. Everything seems to be clicking for JBJ and if everything goes right, he should be the starting RF for the Sox next April.
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Boston is on a four game win streak, tying their season high. If they win tonight, Boston will win the series against the Blue Jays before the third game is even played. That tells you how good the Sox have been lately.
Yes, he's back. The Red Sox are hopeful Dustin Pedroia will return to the lineup tonight against Toronto. Pedroia has missed 57 games while being out with an aggravated hamstring. He re-aggravated the original injury after returning after the all-star break, where he played just 6 games,going a pitiful 1-22. Pedroia will step to the plate hitting .287, prior to the injury he was hitting .306. Time will tell if Pedroia will be able to reach that mark again this season.
Speaking of reaching that mark, David Ortiz is sitting at 497 career homeruns. Just three shy of the magical number 500.
The Red Sox only have two games left on their current homestand before heading to Tampa, Baltimore, and then north of the border to Toronto for a nine game road trip. A big chance for Boston to play spoiler, and maybe, just maybe pull into the wild card race.
Ortiz would love to get number 500 in front of the Fenway Faithful but sometimes things just don't work out that way.
As for the wild card race, Boston is currently 7.5 games out with 25 games remaining. But every team they play, is sitting in front of them. Boston still has Tampa Bay and Baltimore twice each, along with New York who currently owns the top wild card spot. They also play Cleveland and Toronto again.
Boston can choose one of two ways to go with this. They can relax and play spoiler, or try and pull off the miracle of all miracles and give Boston fans a reason to cheer come October. Now look, I'm not saying Boston is a lock for the playoffs, because they're not by any means, alI I'm trying to point out is, it's not over until it's over.