Opinion Recaps

What stood out from the Red Sox 10 game winning streak?

Now that it’s over, let’s recap the Red Sox remarkable 10 game winning streak.

Featured image courtesy of Zimbio.com: (July 11, 2018 – Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America)

As they always say, all good things must come to an end, and the Red Sox good thing (their 10 game winning streak) came to an end last night after a 13-7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Rick Porcello had one of the worst starts of his career, but I’m not here to talk about that game. I’m here to talk about the 10 games before that.

It really was a remarkable run. Any time you have to stretch your memory to try to remember the last time a team lost a game, you know they have been doing something special.

After the disgraceful 11-1 loss to the Yankees on July 1, the Sox took off, literally. They swept the Washington Nationals with ease in a series that was highlighted by a Rick Porcello 3 run double off of NL Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer. The other highlight for me in that series was the 3-0 July 4th victory that I was able to attend in DC.

Then the Red Sox made quick work of the abysmal Kansas City Royals team in a 3 game sweep. The Red Sox outscored the Royals 32-13 in that series. I’ll just leave it at that.

Next, the Sox came home to play the Texas Rangers and won. all 3 of those games with great starts by Eduardo Rodriguez and Chris Sale sandwiching a bullpen game.

They capped off their 10 game winning streak with a 6-4 victory in the first game of the Blue Jays series. Everything you need to know about that game is in this video. Mookie is just wow.

The Red Sox as a team were just amazing during that 10 game stretch. They scored 73 runs during that stretch and only allowed 30. Their team batting average was .325 and team ERA was just 3.00. They smacked 113 hits including 28 doubles and 11 home runs.

Mookie Betts hit .429 with a 1.238 OPS during those 10 games, which is just madness. Xander Bogaerts also put up some laughable numbers: a 1.230 OPS and 13 RBIs in the 9 games he played. J.D. Martinez kept raking, batting .382 during that span with 3 homers and 12 RBIs. Finally, Andrew Benintendi slugged his way to a .405 batting average with 15 hits in 10 games.

Even the role players, like Steve Pearce and Blake Swihart were contributing to the wins whenever they could with key hits.

Every pitcher that took the mound gave the team a chance to win that day. The standouts, however, were Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez who allowed a combined 1 run in 24.2 innings pitched. Unbelievable.

The Red Sox are now 66-30, 36 games over .500 with a nice 3.5 game lead over the Yankees. Definitely not a bad place to be coming up on the All Star break. Now let’s start another winning streak today at 1:05!

 

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