Last season, the Boston Red Sox always appeared to get the big hit when they needed it and had walkoff after walkoff. It sure made for an exciting baseball team to watch, and you could see why the Red Sox ended up winning the World Series. They were relentless.
This year looks a lot different. Boston has come close a few times to sparking a rally and have had some big hits here and there, but nothing like last year. It seems as though Boston has lost a lot of its mojo. Why?
Some of it could be that Boston hasn’t been able to put a healthy lineup out on the field until very recently, so it was hard for John Farrell to establish any sort of continuity with the batting order. That doesn’t help. As well with Jacoby Ellsbury gone, Boston has lost a lot of its speed, and I feel that was a very underrated but potent weapon.
As well, Boston seemed to slip under the radar last year. No one expected much out of the Red Sox, so perhaps Boston was underestimated by other teams. That is not the case this year. The Red Sox have a bullseye on their back and you can tell that other teams are bringing their A-games everyday to beat the current World Champions.
You can see the gears turning a little bit in Boston, but they aren’t running on all cylinders yet.
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