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The Boston Red Sox are the hottest team in baseball. I am not fact-checking that. It’s a gut feeling that is evidenced by an 8-2 record in their last ten games. The Red Sox took the series against the Mariners with a 9-5 victory on Saturday afternoon. In large part, this victory was due to a mammoth three-run homer from the season-saving Sandy Leon.
Since the Sandman was called up from Pawtucket, the Red Sox are 15-8. Coincidence? Entirely, but the dude actually is running a .693 OPS. That’s not too shabby.
Kidding aside, this was a sweet victory. Boston has won four games in a row and sit at 21-19. This is way too early, but they are now tied with the Cleveland Indians for the second Wild Card. It’s amazing to think they have gotten back in the race so quickly.
Anyway, Mitch Moreland blasted his 12th homer of 2019 in the second inning. The Red Sox found themselves with an early 4-0 deficit after Rick Porcello surrendered four in the first. Moreland’s homer put a run on the board. The team squandered first and third with no outs opportunities and couldn’t add more that inning. However, the next inning they responded in a big way with EIGHT runs. Of course, this was highlighted by a three-run Sandy Leon homerun into the monster seats.
Rick Porcello was dicey in the first but managed to last 6 and 2/3 innings. In fact, the right-hander did not allow a hit the rest of the way. He also struck out five and walked one.
The Red Sox look to sweep the Mariners at 1:05 p.m. eastern. Boston will hand the ball to their obligatory spot starter Hector Velazquez.