This past week for The Boston Red Sox has been a pretty good one. The Sox recently called up prospect Andrew Benintendi, and so far, it looks as is nothing can stop him. Benintendi is currently batting .500 with 3 RBI and 1 stolen base in 6 games. In the Red Sox previous game against the Yankees, Benintendi went 3 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Benintendi has been a huge factor so far and may be able to give the Red Sox an extra boost in their lineup for the rest of the season. Coach John Farrell also thinks highly of the youngster. On Wednesday, Farrell stated that Benintendi was “born to hit” and so far that seems to be the case.
Despite Benintendi’s success, The Red Sox currently find themselves in third place in the AL East. However, they are only 1 game back from first. Still, unless the Red Sox can find their winning rhythm, they won’t be moving up much in the division for the remaining games. There have also been some noticeable improvements by the Red Sox pitching staff lately. In three of their last four games the Sox have allowed three runs or less. The Red Sox also made some minor moves last week by releasing veteran reliever Casey Jansen, and adding catcher Ryan Hanigan to the DL. Blake Swihart will need ankle surgery that will keep him out of the lineup for the rest of the season.
In the upcoming week the Red Sox will finish up their series with the Yankees, and then will host the Diamondbacks in a three game set. The Red Sox will have to fight hard if they want to claim the Al East, and if not, they will hopefully claim a wildcard sport, which could get them into the playoffs. However, as of now, the Red Sox don’t own any of these positions and will have to start winning games if they want to make a playoff run.