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Rick Porcello, who went 9-15 last year, is currently 12-2. Yes, he's getting run support, but he's also lowered his ERA from 4.92 to 3.47.
A little momentum? They've won six of seven and that includes a series win over the Rangers.
It shouldn't be possible to allow 21 runs in a game to the Angels unless Mike Trout gets to occupy seven of the nine lineup spots. And yet, these Red Sox pitchers can make it happen.
It's a bit longer than a run-of-the-mill rough patch, as they haven't won more than two in a row all month. That's a month of June in which they have a 10-15 record.
It's looking more and more like they'll need to add a starting pitcher via trade, yet there might not be any worthwhile help on the market.
The Red Sox are 8-6 in David Price's 14 starts. Against fellow AL East teams the record is 3-5. Given his salary and 4.52 ERA, I can feel the hot takes emanating from New England way over here in Indiana (yes, that's where I live -- and here you thought I was from the East Coast).
Mookie Betts is in the top 10 in the AL in runs, hits, triples, home runs, RBI and total bases and also has 13 doubles and nine steals. Few, if any, stack the stat sheet like he does.
Keep in mind that Xander Bogaerts -- he of the stupid .350/.401/.515 line -- is only 23 years old. MLB these days just has an assembly line of prodigies.
The Carson Smith loss doesn't seem bad right now, but let's keep in mind that Koji Uehara is 41 and Junichi Tazawa fell apart in the last two months (9.22 ERA in 13 2/3 innings) last year. So the depth could be tested down the stretch.
I understand the polarizing factor, but can't the legions of David Ortiz haters admit he's really fun to watch in the batter's box? What if I narrow it down and say in a close-and-late situation?
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2016 Team Leaders
AVGDustin Pedroia , 2B.318
HRDavid Ortiz , DH38
RBIDavid Ortiz , DH127
OBPDavid Ortiz , DH.401
SLGDavid Ortiz , DH.620
RMookie Betts , RF122
SBMookie Betts , RF26
WRick Porcello , SP22
ERARick Porcello , SP3.15
WHIPRick Porcello , SP1.01
KDavid Price , SP228
SVCraig Kimbrel , RP31

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