The Dirty Water was flowing through the seats of Fenway Park over the weekend as the Red Sox swept the Baltimore Orioles in dominant fashion. Boston outscored Baltimore by a 30-5 margin over three games.
The team has won four of their past five and is just three games back in the American League East. Watch out, Tampa Bay…
Offense, Defense, and Dirty Water
On August 11, the Red Sox demolished the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 20-8, and everyone assumed that the boys were back. However, they proceeded to come out on getaway day and lose 8-1 in a game where they did not look present.
Boston has struggled since the end of July, and it cost them a substantial lead in the division. However, the team is still here, and if you have forgotten about the Red Sox, I recommend changing your thought process.
The team blew the Orioles off the field this weekend at Fenway Park. Critics have said, “It’s just the Orioles,” which is a valid shot at the Red Sox. A franchise must beat good teams to win a division (Excluding the White Sox), and Baltimore is close to a Triple-A club.
Yet, the Red Sox did things for a three-game stretch that we have not seen in a few weeks. Alex Cora’s savages hit for average, power, played great defense and pitched well. This is a reason to celebrate for the franchise after this past weekend because it gives the club a ton of momentum heading to the Bronx for a three-game date with the Bronx Bombers.
Kike Hernandez stole the show over the weekend in the leadoff spot. He was 5 of 16 on the weekend and scored four of the team’s 16 runs in Saturday’s blowout victory.
Another reason to celebrate is the return of Chris Sale to the rotation. Sale started on Saturday at Fenway for the first time in over two years, going five innings and striking out eight. He gave up two homers, but this was a tremendous outing considering he hadn’t toed a big-league rubber since 2019.
Sale’s addition allows Cora to move Garrett Richards to the bullpen, where he is better suited. Richards went three innings and did not allow a run in a relief appearance on Friday against Baltimore.
Tampa Bay Should Watch Out
Tampa Bay was running away with the division heading into the weekend. However, they dropped two games to the Twins, and the Red Sox swept Baltimore.
If you do the math, that puts Cora’s savages within three games of the division leader. Boston lost a lot of games to good teams in the past two weeks, but they have a reprieve in their schedule.
They have a doubleheader on Tuesday and a single game on Wednesday against the Yankees. After leaving the Bronx, the Red Sox will play three, three-game series against Texas, Minnesota, and Cleveland. All three franchises are below .500 and playing for nothing in 2021.
After this stretch, Boston has seven games against the Rays in the last week of August and the first week of September. These games are separated by another series at home against Cleveland.
Make no mistake…The Dirty Water is flowing, and drinks are unlimited with the club heading to New York.