The Boston Red Sox just wrapped up their road trip series against the Baltimore Orioles. On Sunday they were able to close out on a high note, defeating Baltimore 7-3. It marked Boston’s second win in a row.
After dropping the first pair of games in part of their four game road trip series against the Orioles the Red Sox were able to even out the series, and win their final two. Now they will be kicking off a new series tomorrow.
Boston will be hitting the road again to play the New York Yankees in a three game series. It will be a crucial series for the Red Sox. They will have the chance at redecorating the standings of the AL East.
New York leads the AL East with a record of 32-22. Their lead is just a matter of two games, which means the Red Sox have a chance at cutting New York’s lead or even grabbing the first place slot in their road trip series. Right now Boston sits second place of the division with a record of 31-25. They have a solid shot at shattering the Yankees lead.
The Yankees are a completely different team this year compared to last. The Alex Rodriguez days may be over, but there is a new slugger in the making for New York. He goes by the name of Aaron Judge.
While the towering right fielder starts off his career, he is leaving a good impression with the Yankees. It is a different case for the rest of the league. They are becoming familiar with the swing of Judge.
Judge has the ability to go yard. He has already done it 18 times, driving in 41 RBIs. Not only can he hit the ball a mile, but he can also reach base well. Judge is posting a .324 batting average at the plate. It is safe to say he may be the new face of the Yankees strength.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, the Red Sox are also a different team. The David Ortiz days are over for Boston, he retired last season. Slugger Hanley Ramirez took over in the DH slot, and there is a new star in the making on the team for Boston. Rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi has been making a name for himself around the league.
While he may just be batting a shallow .269 average, he has been a beneficial for Boston in many ways. In the field, Benintendi has a solid glove. He has also managed to still be productive behind the plate, belting seven home-runs, and driving in 30 RBIs this season.
At 22-years-old, he may only be developing. Appearing 200 times, he is on pace to have a 20 plus home-run season. The Boston Red Sox will be heading into the series on a high note, coming off a 7-3 win over Baltimore, according to the Boston Herald. Boston will need his help in their upcoming series.
Can the Red Sox defeat the Yankees on the road? Will the Boston Red Sox cut New York’s lead into pieces this week? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod