Well the Red Sox have their first 17 games under their belt, but unfortunately their .471 record along with underperforming players have some fans on edge. But, the good thing about baseball is that the Sox have another 145 opportunities to pick things up!
Though the pitching has been shaky and the hitting rather inconsistent, there are some unsung heroes on the team. These few individuals can always be relied upon to offer a good performance even when the odds are not in their favor.
One of the Red Sox’s biggest stars this season is Mookie Betts. Not only does Mookie lead the line-up but he also leads the team in runs (15), home runs (4), RBIs (14), and stolen bases (3). The 23 year-old has a bright future ahead of him, and his consistency is carrying the team.
The next hidden gem of the 2016 Sox is Rick Porcello. The 27 year-old pitcher has won each of the 3 games he has pitched this season. With 24 strike outs, a 4.66 ERA, and a 0.93 WHIP, Porcello seems to be the steadiest pitcher this season. Manager John Farrell also agrees that Porcello is looking up:
I think he figured some things out late in spring training from just an arm slot standpoint. He’s been much more consistent down in the strike zone.
After much dispute over his arguably high salary, Porcello is proving that he has a permanent place in the Boston rotation.
And you can’t forget about Travis Shaw. After fighting for a spot in the lineup, Travis has proven that he deserves third base. 20 hits, 7 doubles, and 8 RBIs into the season and he looks promising. Shaw’s power at the plate and agility at the hot corner makes him an asset to this 2016 team.
And finally, Xander Bogaerts is off to a nice start this season. The swift short stop is showing off his power with 18 hits and 9 RBIs on the season. But it is his talent on the field that makes him the final unsung hero. Bogaerts has turned some incredible double plays and uses his speed and precision to keep the infield on their toes.
So are the Red Sox off to a not-so-impressive start? Maybe. But they have a lot of time and a lot of potential to turn things around, and they have some great players that can get them there!