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It’s hard to imagine a better week for Boston Red Sox fans than the one that just happened. Sure, it was against subpar teams, but the Sox keep winning. After two weeks, the Red Sox are atop the AL East with a 8-1 record. Several players have had great parts in this success, while others have hindered it. Here’s the Boston Red Sox Week Two review.
Boston Red Sox Week Two Review – The Good
The talk all off-season was about how Hanley switched up his training method, and the results appear to be paying off. Ramirez has been absolutely dominant with both the bat and the glove over the past week. Offensively, he hit his first homer of the season against the Miami Marlins to effectively put the game away, hit a game-winning double the next game, and hit a walk-off in the Sox home opener. He topped it all off on Sunday by hitting a leadoff single in the top of the eighth against the Rays. While the single alone didn’t mean much, it started a six-run eighth inning that erased a five-run deficit.
Defensively, he’s playing like a gold glover. The defense as a whole hasn’t committed an error yet, and Hanley has been a big reason for that. In addition to his solid fielding, he’s also made some absurd stretches at first to save otherwise bad throws. If this Hanley sticks around all season, Red Sox fans are in for a treat.
What a journey it’s been for the young lefty. A year ago at this time, Poyner was pitching for the High A Salem Red Sox. Now, he’s arguably the second-best bullpen arm behind Craig Kimbrel. Poyner was trusted in two separate late-game situations, and he thrived both times.
Poyner entered the seventh inning of a 1-1 game against the Miami Marlins and did a phenomenal job. The young lefty went 1.2 innings, facing righties and lefties, and allowed just one hit while striking out three batters. Poyner did even better in his next high leverage situation against the Tampa Bay Rays. Poyner took the hill for the 11th and 12th innings, holding the Rays scoreless and only allowing one hit. His top notch performance was crucial to both wins, and his ability to go deep into outings is what earned him a spot over Robby Scott.
Clutch Hitting in general
Hanley’s provided the most clutch moments, but the whole team has been performing great in high pressure moments. On Friday, Xander Bogaerts hit an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings. On Sunday, five different players drove in runs in the bottom of the eighth to steal the win. This Red Sox team doesn’t know the word “quit,” and they’ve been an absolute blast to watch.
The team has been so good, that it’s impossible to list everyone that had a great week without this being 2,000 words. So here’s the rest of the great performers of the week: The starting rotation, Rafael Devers, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi.
Smith’s eighth inning struggles continued into week two of the season. After being part of the bullpen collapse on Opening Day, Smith had more troubles in the Red Sox home opener. Taking over after a dominant start from David Price, Smith allowed a two-run homer which seemed destined to be the difference. The Rex Sox did rally to win the game, but it was another bad outing.
The Red Sox are 8-1, with the lone loss coming on Opening Day. This team has been phenomenal from top to bottom, and keeps finding great ways to win. They own the best record in baseball, and there’s not too much bad to write about. Let’s hope that trend sticks on Tuesday, when the rival New York Yankees come to town.