Just a few days ago, the Boston Red Sox were floundering in the midst of a 10-game losing streak. It was one of the team’s worst slumps in the last decade, and one of the worst for a defending champion ever. But now, after a comeback win and a four-game sweep over the Atlanta Braves, the champs now appear to be back and heading on the right track.
During the series, Boston received contributions from several members of the squad. The victories started to resemble the likes of the 2013 team that seemingly had a new hero every night. On the mound, the Sox received strong outings from Jon Lester, John Lackey and Jake Peavy. With Clay Buchholz landing on the DL, Boston needed solid performances and all three delivered quality starts against the Braves.
Team leaders David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia also put the team on their backs to take Red Sox Nation from the wrong side of a streak to the right side of one. It is something the duo has done time and time again for the Fenway faithful.
Xander Bogaerts has also played well for the Red Sox over the last few games as well. In the last 10 games, he has hit at a 16-for-41 clip. While his season has not been a bad one to this point by any means, the last few games have seen the potential and upside of Bogaerts that was also showcased during the World Series last fall. The signing of Stephen Drew just may have put a spark into the phenom to where he is now the third go-to bat within the Boston lineup.
While the defending champs still have some work to do in order to get back into the AL East race, the last four games have shown that the Red Sox are still the champions until further notice. Boston is showing signs of turning the corner and on the verge of getting hot just as the calendar starts to change.
Nick Schaeflein is a Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.