The Boston Red Sox offense is downright scary. They have hitters all over the lineup. Their center fielder just came off a 29-game hitting streak. Their shortstop is currently riding a 24-game hitting streak. Their 40-year old designated hitter is on an 8-game hitting streak with four home runs and is batting .479 during the streak. Their right fielder and leadoff man just hit three home runs last game, becoming the first Red Sox leadoff man to hit three home runs in a game in franchise history. The Red Sox lineup is on fire; these guys can hit for contact, as well as power.
Through 52 games, the Red Sox have scored a major league leading 308 runs. That's comes out to an absurd 5.92 runs per game. They're also hitting .294 as a team. The next best club in that category is the Pittsburgh Pirates at .283. They're currently on pace for 417 doubles as a team, which would break the MLB single-season record set by the Texas Rangers in 2008 (376). David Ortiz is quietly putting up the best numbers of his career in his curtain call. Bottom line, the Red Sox offense is very very good.
To put it all into perspective, here are the numbers that the Red Sox lineup is currently on pace to put up.
1. Mookie Betts, RF: 202 hits, .283 average, 34 doubles, 12 triples, 37 home runs, 125 RBI, 153 runs, and 25 stolen bases.
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B: 199 hits, .309 average, 44 doubles, 3 triples, 22 home runs, 78 RBI, 118 runs, and 6 stolen bases.
3. Xander Bogaerts, SS: 237 hits, .350 average, 56 doubles, 1 triple, 19 home runs, 93 RBI, 131 runs, and 22 stolen bases.
4. David Ortiz, DH: 184 hits, .335 average, 72 doubles, 3 triples, 44 home runs, 146 RBI, 81 runs, and 3 stolen bases.
5. Hanley Ramirez, 1B: 175 hits, .295 average, 28 doubles, 3 triples, 13 home runs, 97 RBI, 87 runs, and 13 stolen bases.
6. Travis Shaw, 3B: 178 hits, .292 average, 53 doubles, 6 triples, 22 home runs, 109 RBI, 94 runs, and 9 stolen bases.
7. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF: 184 hits, .331 average, 41 doubles, 13 triples, 28 home runs, 115 RBI, 87 runs, and 9 stolen bases.
8. Blake Swihart, LF: Has only played 15 games, but is the projected Red Sox LF for the remainder of the season.
9. Christian Vazquez, C: Has only played 30 games and does not hit particularly well, but is a defensive mastermind behind the plate.
Take a long look. The 1-7 spots in the lineup are all putting up All Star caliber numbers, highlighted by Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz, and Jackie Bradley Jr. The only weaknesses in the lineup right now and the 8 and 9 spots in the order. Blake Swihart showed last year that he tends to heat up in the second half. Christian Vazquez has never been an offensive player. His instincts, pitch-framing ability, and rocket arm are the reason he's in the lineup everyday.
The Red Sox lineup currently features 6 of the top 26 players in WAR, or Wins Above Replacement. They are showing that better offense beats good pitching.
If Mookie Betts sustains this pace, he is going to be a very serious candidate for AL MVP come the end of the season. The very same can be said for Xander Bogaerts. The two 23-year old franchise cornerstones have shown that they are ready to take the reins from Ortiz and Pedroia and make the Red Sox their team.
The Red Sox look primed for another postseason run. It's David Ortiz's farewell season, the pitching has been great recently, and everything is starting to come together. It's a long season, but so far, the Red Sox are in good shape to be tasting champagne in October.