The Boston Red Sox have gotten off to a rocky start, but you can’t blame it on the offense. Though they’re without top players such as Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox bats have been doing their part. That continued to be the case last night, as the Red Sox used 18 hits, including eight of the extra base variety, to put up an 11-spot on the Minnesota Twins.
To put it into perspective, the Red Sox scored as many or more runs themselves than teams did combined in 12 of the other 14 games played last night.
Mike Aviles led the way offensively, finishing the night 4-5 with two doubles, a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored. David Ortiz went 2-4 with his third home run of the season, raising his MLB-leading average to .444.
The Red Sox currently have two of the hottest hitting players in baseball on their roster. Ortiz could be expected, though even he’s turning heads with his 1.200 OPS.
However, it may come as a surprise for fans to hear that outfielder Ryan Sweeney currently ranks fifth in the majors in batting average. Over his first 51 at-bats, Sweeney’s hitting at a clip of .392/.418/.608.
Cody Ross, another offseason acquisition, currently leads the Red Sox in home runs with five. Last night marked the fifth time in 16 games that the Red Sox offense posted nine runs or more in a single contest.
Still, for as good as their offense has been Boston’s pitching staff has been equally as bad. The result is a record of 6-10. We’ll see if the Red Sox can slug their way back to and over .500, or if the pitching will finally decide to contribute in the coming weeks.
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