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.