It can take a team a little while sometimes to find their identity within a given season. Sometimes it can take a few weeks and sometimes it can take months. Unfortunately, when a team hits its stride after a rough few months, they can be playing a game of catch-up. The Boston Red Sox looked like they were facing that challenge.
Boston was looking lethargic. When they were pitching, they weren’t hitting. When they were hitting, they weren’t fielding. They always seemed to be four or five runs down in the first inning. It was very frustrating to see a team than won the World Series last year struggle so much this year.
Of course, the fact that there are three new players in the lineup could have something to do with these growing pains. A.J Pierzynski, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley are new to the everyday lineup and they are learning themselves how to play for this team. It has seemed lately, though, that Boston has started to find themselves.
With the return of Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks, the Red Sox now have a deep lineup and recently, it has been relentless. When your bottom of the batting order is hitting double after double off the Wall, then you know you got a pretty decent offense going on.
That was what Boston was hoping for before the season started, an offense that was balanced, deep and could just destroy another team. We knew that the starting pitching would be fine, it was the offense that seemed a bit of a question mark.
After a slow start, Boston may be hitting their stride. They are lucky, however, that no one has ran away with the division yet.