Sep 15, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitterDavid Ortiz
(34) hits a sacrifice fly scoring second basemanDustin Pedroia
(not pictured) during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Across the Diamond: Boston Red Sox
Although they are languishing in last place in the AL East the Red Sox offense has not thrown in the towel just yet. The Sox have 5 players with an OPS above .900, including David “500 club” Ortiz (1.252!) and Dustin Pedroia who has done great since coming back off the disabled list (1.212!). Mookie Betts has asserted himself as one of the best outfielders in the American League and Xander Bogaerts has solidified the shortstop position for years to come with his great defense and continuously improving bat (.791 OPS since the all-star break).
Unfortunately it is the pitching that is doing the team in. Heading into tonight’s action the team ERA is 14th in the league, with the only the Tigers being worse. The team ERA in the first half was 4.44….the second half? 4.41. No improvements at all even as they try different arms in the rotation. Only Wade Miley and Joe Kelly seem to have any semblance of success since the all-star break with both having ERAs under 4 in that time.
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