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Boston Red Sox Talk: 5 Things To Watch For In The Coming Weeks

The Boston Red Sox kick off the second half at home on Friday against the New York Yankees. Below are 5 things to watch for in the next couple of weeks. Also towards the bottom is 5 key stats and rankings from the first half.

  1. Trade for a reliever.

  2. The outcome of the Red Sox vs New York Yankee weekend series to kick off the second half.

    • New York got cold in the last month or so heading into the break with Boston getting hot. The outcome of this series could set the tone for the second half of the season.
  3. Rick Porcello’s second half

    • The reigning Cy Young winners first half was well below expectations. But with an uptick ahead of the all-star break, there is reason to believe Rick Porcello is turning his season around.
  4. Hanley Ramirez Contributing

    • Hanley Ramirez had a rough go to start the year with his only hits seemingly being home runs. In the previous couple of weeks, Ramirez showed signs of turning it around.
  5. Offense Showing Consistency

    • The Red Sox had a week or so in the first half where the offense was firing on all cylinders. But at the end of the road trip heading into the break, they once again sputtered out. The start of the second half and the weeks following it could be the offense’s chance to open up the floodgates.

Five Key Stats And Notes Heading Into The Second Half

  1. Red Sox are 50-39 and sit in first place in the AL East. Boston is 3.5 games ahead of the Yankees.
  2. Boston has the 2nd highest average in the American League with a .268 AVG behind the Houston Astros.
  3. On the flip side, the Red Sox rank dead last in the AL in home runs with only 92 home runs at the break. Many have compared this to the 2015 World Series Champion Royals, but even that team ranked 6th in the AL.
  4. Boston has the 2nd lowest ERA in the AL with a 3.82 behind Cleveland. 3rd for starter ERA with 4.21 and 2nd for relievers with 3.08 ERA.
  5. Mookie Betts leads the AL in doubles with 29 doubles, Betts is the only Red Sox hitter that leads the AL in any category. For pitchers the only leader in Chris Sale who leads AL in Whip with a.90 and strikeouts with 178 K’s.

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