It’s fair to say, at this point, that the start of the 2022 MLB season didn’t go as the Boston Red Sox planned.
They are currently 16-22, in fourth place in the ever-competitive AL East, and 12 games behind the division-leading (and their arch-rival) New York Yankees.
It has been a disaster from the go.
However, it would be silly to write the Red Sox off when the calendar hasn’t yet flipped to June.
They should eventually welcome back ace Chris Sale, and they have some real offensive stars that are starting to wake up.
When Boston’s hitters are hot, they produce runs in bunches.
“Xander Bogaerts had 2 HRs before this homestand. He has hit 2 more in the last 4 nights. Trevor Story had 1 HR before this homestand. He has hit 2 more in the last 4 nights. Don’t let them heat up,” NESN’s Tom Caron tweeted on Thursday night.
Xander Bogaerts had 2 HRs before this homestand. He has hit 2 more in the last 4 nights.
Trevor Story had 1 HR before this homestand. He has hit 2 more in the last 4 nights.
Don’t let them heat up. #RedSox pic.twitter.com/2dX0RDH8Oo
— Tom Caron (@TomCaron) May 19, 2022
Boston Hitters Are Catching Fire
Story has five home runs in the 2022 campaign, and he has hit them all in his last eight games.
That includes a mammoth three-homer, five-run, seven-RBI performance on Thursday against the Seattle Mariners.
Finally, the $140 million man is starting to wake up.
Bogaerts, meanwhile, is now hitting a strong .331/.389/.472 with four blasts and two steals; while Rafael Devers is slashing
.335/.364/.576 with seven round-trippers.
Those guys, plus JD Martinez, make the top and middle of the Red Sox’s lineup very difficult to navigate.
If they all catch fire at the same time, look out.
Boston has a very good manager in Alex Cora and knows how to develop their own contributors.
Don’t leave them for dead, and consider that there are more playoff spots up for grabs this season.
The Red Sox are still dangerous, and there is a lot of baseball to be played.