New England Sports React

Sox Over The Hump

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The sweet swing of Big Papi has gotten the Sox back on track.

It appears that early season hangover is finally starting to wear off.

Despite a recent series loss to the Twins in Minnesota, the Red Sox have finally reached the .500 plateau. Now at 20-20, Boston heads home to face Detroit in a rematch of last year’s ALCS. The three-game set kicks off with a marquee pitching matchup, with Jon Lester slated to face last year’s Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer. The Tigers currently boast the best record in the American League at 24-12, so securing two-of-three won’t be an easy task. But with the Sox coming off victories in three of their last four series, it seems the team is heating up at just the right time.

It’s been a combination of solid play in all three facets of the game, with the pitching giving quality start after quality start, the defense holding up behind them, and the offense providing the run support. David Ortiz has been the catalyst offensively, compiling an eight-game hitting streak that included an 8-for-14, four-homer performance against his former team. With the hitting streak, Big Papi has upped his average to a modest .303, leading the team in that category as well as home runs (11) and RBIs (25). When he’s on, the entire offense is on, and with warmer weather knocking at the back door, it would appear as if the stage is set for Ortiz to continue his dominance of opposing pitchers. And with Papi hot and their pitching locked in, the Sox seem poised to make a little noise.

-Ryan Hartley

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