Boston Red Sox Proving They Are MLB's Best

By Matt Lanka
Jon Lester

A showdown between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers, both division leaders, allowed the Red Sox to prove that they are the team to beat as the regular season winds down.

Coming off their worst season in recent memory, under the ill-fated direction of Bobby Valentine, the John Farrell-led Red Sox now sit even with the Tampa Bay Rays atop the AL East. Boston leads all of baseball in runs scored, and they are second in team hits, RBIs, on-base percentage and batting average, trailing only the equally hot Detroit Tigers in all of those categories.

The Dodgers are on a hot streak, going 46-10 since Jun. 22 (the best record in baseball during that time frame), but the Red Sox left no question as to who the better ball club was earlier today in Los Angeles. Boston got on top early with a four-run first inning that featured a three-run homer for Jonny Gomes. Starter Jon Lester tossed 7.1 shutout innings, scattering just three hits in Boston’s 4-2 victory.

The Dodgers have a commanding 10.5 game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks, and are in firm control of the NL West. It is very possible that this series between Boston and Los Angeles is a preview of this year’s World Series. Both teams are likely treating these games with post-season seriousness, aware of the importance of late-season matchups between playoff-caliber teams. If today’s game was any indication, the Dodgers have much more to learn than the Red Sox.

Matt Lanka is a Mariners writer for Follow him on Twitter @mattlanka, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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