Now that Sox are through two thirds of the season and sitting pretty on top of the AL East, even tho its only by a game, the Sox are looking good to make a deep run at the world series. The sox are currently 67-42 and have the majors best offense, leading in almost every offensive category. The Sox are also second in the AL in fielding percentage, behind only the White Sox. The biggest two issuses with the Sox so far this year is health and pitching. Everyone that had been watching the Sox knows about the numerous injuries that have plague them all year, but the pitching staff is 17th in era, just under 3.90.
So let’s take a look at the team as a while. Gonzalez had been amazing at first, not only having a gold glove worthy first base, but is currently hittin. 357 with 18 homeruns and 90 RBIs. Pedroia has been himself in the field, which is one of the best in the bigs, but as of late has been hittin the cover off the ball. After I wrote about him and his 25 game hit streak on friday, he failed to get a hit that night, but has had a hit the last 4, including 2 last night. Youkilis, when he’s been healthy, has been his normal good self and hit his 16th homerun last night. Scutaro is probably the team biggest offensive liability, but putting him in the 9 hole and playing great defense is a great role for him and the team. As for behind the plate Slaty, not going to spell his whole name, has been getting better as the season goes on and Varitek is a great number two guy at the end of his career
In the outfield, Crawford is finally back off the DL and it will be great to have that speed at the bottom of the line up. Ellsbury is at .321, 17 homeruns and 31 stolen bases and also has yet to make an error in the field. Finally, having Reddick playing everyday is a step above Drew and he’s been hitting over. 300 for the year.
As I said before the pitching staff is the biggest worry but Lester is back off the DL, Lackey has won his last decisions, Beckett has been solid all year, and the Sox just acquired Bedard from Seattle, and when healthy is a solid middle rotation guy. The starting pitching should pick it up and being back by solid relievers, Papelbon had only blown one save this season, that team ERA should come down
All in all this team looks great to make a deep post-season run and one of the front runners to be World Series Champs.