The story of the Boston Red Sox‘ 2014 season has been lack of offense, but since the trade deadline moves that brought them weapons like Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig, the bats have shown some signs of life.
Still, it’s been a tease. Every time the offense seems to be getting in a rhythm, they go back into a slump the very next game. Back on August 16, Boston hung 10 runs on the Houston Astros, only to go into a tail spin and lose eight straight, putting up more than three runs just once in that span. Three nights ago, an explosive seven-run 11th propelled the Red Sox to a 11-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, but the team only pushed two runs across the plate one day later.
Now after their recent dominant 8-4 win over the division rival Tampa Bay Rays, which offense is going to show up for game two? It is important for the Red Sox offense to get in sync for the remainder of the season, as it will prove that the bats in the organization can produce together and be competitive come 2015.
With a .244 team batting average (25th in the league) a .367 slugging percentage (28th) and other offensive statistics that sit in the basement, no one should be convinced this offense is ready to be any more competitive in five months time. The obvious truth is that they won’t be a good team with an offense that is hot one day and cold the next six.
Maybe their win over a rival like the Rays is what it will take to get them in gear. It’s crucial that they finally build on the momentum they picked up from the first game of the series.