Boston Red Sox: August Overheat

By Benjamin Riley
Shane Victorino
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

While the Boston Red Sox pitching staff has received much of the attention over the past week, the Red Sox offense has been equally impressive. Registering MLB’s most productive offense, the Red Sox currently rank first in runs scored, second in batting average, second in OBP and third in slugging percentage. Despite being a season long consistency, the Red Sox offense has enjoyed a red hot August.

Since Aug. 1, the Red Sox have scored five or more runs in 13 of their 25 games. More recently, the Red Sox have scored 62 runs over their last 10 games, outscoring their opponents by 38 runs.

For an offense that has produced throughout their lineup, the Red Sox have received impressive performances from Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Stephen Drew and Shane Victorino.

On pace for his most successful season to date, Saltalamacchia is enjoying an impressive August. In 70 at bats, Saltalamacchia is hitting .314 with two home runs and 11 RBI, producing a .913 OPS. Qualifying among catchers with 50 or more plate appearances in August, Saltalamacchia ranks third in OPS.

Proving healthy, Drew is having the best hitting month amongst shortstops. In 85 at bats, Drew has registered a .306 batting average with three home runs, 14 RBI and an .890 OPS. Qualifying among shortstops with 75 or more plate appearances in August, Drew is currently tied with Troy Tulowitzki for the highest OPS.

Registering the teams most impressive month, Victorino is displaying a great amount of power. In 103 at bats, Victorino has a .311 batting average with six home runs, 20 RBI and a .942 OPS. Qualifying among outfielders with 75 or more plate appearances in August, Victorino ranks seventh in OPS.

Despite there being an old saying in baseball that great pitching beats great hitting, opposing teams may find that tough as the Red Sox are displaying both at the perfect time.

Benjamin Riley is a Major League Baseball columnist for Follow Ben on Twitter and “Like” him on Facebook.

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