The hot bats of the Boston Red Sox overpowered the Toronto Blue Jays in their Sunday afternoon game. The win gave the Red Sox the advantage in the weekend series, 2-1. The Red Sox scored five of their 13 runs in the first inning and never looked back, ultimately pounding the Blue Jays, 13-0.
The Red Sox went a combined 15-41 from the plate and forced the Blue Jays’ pitchers to throw 170 pitches. It seemed like one of those days where the Red Sox’s hitters could not be stopped. The Red Sox have shown their ability to hit the ball well in the early stage of this season, giving them a lot of confidence going forward.
Will Middlebrooks continued his hot streak going 4-5 from the plate, along with three home runs, four runs and four runs batted in. Middlebrooks has been a pleasant surprise thus far for the Red Sox with a .320 average and a .880 slugging percentage. He had 15 home runs in 2012, but already has four home runs in just six games this year. If he continues to have a hot bat for the entire season, he could be very helpful in the Red Sox’s attempt to have a turn-around season.
Mike Napoli also had a great game hitting; he went 2-5 with two runs and four runs batted in. Napoli struggled in the first five games with the Red Sox, but his good performance against the Blue Jays could be signs of things to come. The Red Sox are counting on him to contribute on a daily basis in the clean-up spot. Even though his early struggles are uncharacteristic of his usual self, he will need to have more games like today for the Red Sox to have a successful season.
The great hitting displayed by the Red Sox thus far in the season is giving fans hope of great year. The dismal season the Red Sox had last year has undoubtedly put their fans on edge. The team made a lot of changes in their roster during the offseason– so far, those changes seem to be working for the better.
There are still 156 games to be played in the season, and a lot of things can happen from now until October. It is still nice to have a solid start in the early stages of a year, which is exactly what the Red Sox have accomplished up to this point.