The Boston Red Sox‘s arrow is pointing up after an unpleasant start of the season in which losses piled up.
Winners of five consecutive games and seven of their last 10, the Red Sox are finally over .500 for the first time in weeks.
Their 28-27 record is still the fourth-best in the competitive AL East, but they have been playing some excellent baseball in recent weeks and finally look like the team that advanced to the American League Championship Series last season.
A big reason behind their success is their excellent starting rotation.
The unit has been outstanding as of late.
“Boston’s starters have allowed one earned run in 39.2 innings (0.23 ERA) in their last six games. That’s their lowest ERA over a six-game span since earned runs were first tracked in the A.L. in 1913,” MLB Stats tweeted.
Boston’s starters have allowed one earned run in 39.2 innings (0.23 ERA) in their last six games. That’s their lowest ERA over a six-game span since earned runs were first tracked in the A.L. in 1913. pic.twitter.com/zyERzfjFZq
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) June 7, 2022
An Incredible Run By Red Sox Pitchers
One run allowed in 39.2 innings is insane at any level, let alone the major leagues.
Michael Wacha just hurled a complete game shutout against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday and has a 1.99 ERA for the year.
Nick Pivetta, Nate Eovaldi, and Garrett Whitlock have ERAs in the 3.00s and Rich Hill is at 4.40, but has pitched better than that number suggests.
The best thing of all is that Chris Sale and James Paxton are expected to contribute this season: Sale is a lot closer than his left-handed teammate, who should be a factor in the second half.
Boston has some really talented hitters, such as Xander Bogaerts, JD Martinez, Rafael Devers, and Trevor Story.
However, they will probably go as far as their rotation takes them.
So far, the unit is carrying them.