By MyFm’s John Wilbur- The Boston Red Sox have played 98 games so far at the break that’s more than half of their 162 with a record of 68-30. The ace of the staff Chris Sale was chosen to start in the mid summer classic tomorrow night and will join teammates Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez in the starting line-up. Sale is 10-4 with a 2.23 ERA and looks strong at the break with no signs of slowing down. Chris was scaled back this season to start the year with a pitch count in place, after tiring down the stretch last year and falling short in the play-offs. The Pitching staff as a whole has performed well so far. Despite some struggles early on David Price is 10 and 6 with a higher than average 4.42 ERA (career average is 3.29). While Rick Porcello 11-4, Edwardo Rodreguiz 11 and 3 and the rest of the starters have pitched pretty well. The bullpen has been strong with Craig Kimbrel lights out in the ninth. Joe Kelly has struggled as of late but that seems to be his M.O. and he usually is able to bounce back from a bad inning or two pretty well. The Sox could look to add some bullpen depth before the trade deadline that would not be a surprise.
The Red Sox defense starts with the best outfield in baseball in Andrew Benintendi (Left) Jackie Bradley Jr. (Center) who’s having a less than average year at the plate. And the man who some would call the best player in the game right now and they would have a good argument for it, Mookie Betts (right) all playing gold glove caliper baseball. Betts has been on fire at the plate leading the team in average hitting .359 while driving in 51 RBI. and Benintendi just missed his first ever all - star appearance by a few votes.
Going through the infield from left to right Rafael Devers has been serviceable getting better and better on defense but he still leads the team with 19 errors already, but the rookie third baseman has gotten better and that seems to be the trend with Devers who is currently on the ten day dl. Xander Bogaerts has been really good so far at short with is no surprise but Bogaerts has reinvented himself at the plate taking more of a launch angle look at his approach and it seems to be working with the veteran shortstop hitting .284 with 16 homers and 64 runs batted in. The Revolving door that has been second base has been filled well with Edwardo Neunez and Brock Hold getting most of the playing time there. And Since the release of Hanley Remiriez Mitch Moreland has made first base his home where he has earned an invite to the Mid Summer Classic tomorrow night. Behind the Plate Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez have kept things steady with Vazquez just landing on the disable list in the past week with a broken finger. All in All the Red Sox have had a great first half and look strong and poised heading into the second half of the season having won more games than any another team ever has in the first half, with 68 wins. But the Sox will have to stay on their game if they want to be contenders in the post season because the evil empire that is the Yankees are always improving and are looking up at the top spot from position number two in the A.L. East.