The Boston Red Sox are a better team at this point than the Houston Astros. That statement probably does not surprise you considering they have reverse records. The Red Sox are 17 – 7 and the Astros are 7 – 17. The struggles of the young Astros team do not diminish the achievements of the Red Sox however. They didn’t go out and slam a ton of balls into the parking lot against the Astros. They won this game with small ball.
The Red Sox compiled 12 hits and only 4 of those were extra base hits. Those four were doubles. They walked 8 times. Patient and smart station to station baseball is what they did well tonight. No matter how much fire power a team might have, the way the Red Sox won this game could be a blueprint for how managers want their offense to perform.
Go with the pitch on the outside corner. Do not swing at that low pitch in the dirt or the one over your head. Use patience and be smart when running the bases. These are called fundamentals and the Red Sox played fundamental baseball about as well tonight as it can be played. Chances are that the reason they are in first place in the American League East has something to do with fundamentals.
The Astros meanwhile have got to figure out what to do when they have a lead. Their pitchers aren’t able to hold those leads they get. When they get a lead they need to clamp down on it and make sure to grab a win or two. The best thing they could do offensively is exactly what was done to them. Station to station, singles and walks are the way to improve this or any team. The Red Sox are one of the teams that are successful at it. At least the Astros got to see what their manager has been talking about in person.