Boston Red Sox’ Top 5 Secret Weapons For the Postseason
Boston Red Sox' Five Secret Weapons
The Boston Red Sox won one of their most exciting games of the year on Thursday night against the New York Yankees.. Considering they were going to be facing the great Mariano Rivera, this game seemed like it would end up being a horrible loss. However, Boston rebounded and ended up winning the game in 10 innings. Because of them winning and the Tampa Bay Rays losing, they now have the biggest lead they have had all season at 6.5 games over Tampa. It seems pretty likely that Boston is going to be going to the postseason in some way, shape or form. Boston has shown all season long how tough and resilient they are, and that is almost always a trademark of very successful teams.
Barring an epic collapse, Boston looks like it will be playing some sort of October baseball, and they are definitely a team that has a lot of potential weapons to go deep in the playoffs with. GM Ben Cherington has done a great job of acquiring players throughout the course of the season and trying to meet needs of the team. The great thing about this edition of the Red Sox is that it has been a complete team effort. If one player falters, someone else is right there to pick him up. Hopefully, this trait will continue. If Boston does make it to the playoffs, here are five secret weapons that they have that might really help them in the postseason. Okay, some of these players may not be considered secret weapons at this point, but you probably get the idea. They're sneaky good. On with the list.
5. Jonny Gomes
No. 5 is Jonny Gomes. Gomes has been a winner everywhere he has played and now this season, Boston fans can see why. He is a great clutch hitter, a leader and actually seems to play better when the game is on the line. He has had a few huge hits for Boston, and his bat and intangibles could be very important come October.
4. Mike Carp
Coming in at no. 4 is Mike Carp. This guy was acquired at the very end of spring training and he has had a career year. Having a left-handed hitter coming off the bench with a little power is always an asset for a club. He is currently hitting .302 with eight home runs and 32 runs batted in. He can be very helpful coming late in the game and driving the ball hard somewhere.
3. John McDonald
No. 3 is John McDonald. You might be saying to yourself, who? McDonald is a player they got from the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 31. Quite simply, he might be one of the best defensive infielders in MLB next to Jose Iglesias. He has a .975 fielding percentage, which is fantastic. His defense could be very valuable for Boston in an important game.
2. Quintin Berry
Next on the list is Quintin Berry. I have talked about him before regarding his speed. He already has shown how valuable he can be in the game against the Yankees. He stole second, which is his 23rd straight stolen base. He has never been caught since being in the majors. Speed is very valuable off the bench in the postseason. In 2004, if Dave Roberts doesn't steal that base in the ALCS, Boston probably goes home. This one game alone shows what a weapon Berry can be.
1. Koji Uehara
No. 1 on the list isn't really much of a secret at this point. It's Koji Uehara, the closer for Boston who has just been unhittable recently. He hasn't allowed a run since June 30. He owns a 1.13 ERA. He's thrown 26 straight scoreless innings. He's probably the hottest closer on the planet right now.