Red Sox Tie Franchise Record With 18 April Wins
During a month from hell for the city of Boston, the Red Sox have finished one of the best months of April in franchise history by winning 18 games. Almost every night the Red Sox have given the city and the fan base 3 hours to think of something beside pain. In the first game back at Fenway after the tragedy, the Red Sox honored the 1st responders and David Ortiz gave one of the best speeches ever in Boston by proclaiming “This is our f**king city, and nobody is going to dictate our freedom.”
Leading the way for the Red Sox was starting pitcher Clay Buchholz who went 5-0 in 5 starts with an ERA of 1.19. Jon Lester also didn’t lose a game, going 4-0 in six starts with an ERA of 2.27. In his latest start, Lester struggled against the Blue Jays giving up 5 earned runs in a no decision. As a team, the Red Sox had a combined ERA of 3.39, the sixth best in all of baseball.
When it came to hitting the Red Sox had the 3rd best team batting average with an average of .272. Leading the way in RBI’s for the team was Mike Napoli with 27, the 2nd most ever by a Red Sox player, second to only Manny Ramirez in 2002.
One of the biggest surprises for the Red Sox in April was Daniel Nava who hit .310 with 4 homeruns, and 16 RBI’s including the game winning homerun in the bottom of the 8th inning against the Kansas City Royals, in the 1st game back at Fenway after the Marathon bombings.
David Ortiz who started the season on the disabled list came back for that first game back at Fenway and appeared in a total of 9 games for the Red Sox. In those 9 games, Big Papi had 14 RBI’s which was more RBI’s than any Marlins, Mariners, or Astros player.
Although it’s just one month, the Red Sox are already in 1st place with a 2 game lead over the Bronx Bombers. Nobody expected the Red Sox to get off to such a hot start, and they have quickly made fans forget about the 2012 season and Bobby Valentine.
John Farrell so far has been the complete opposite of Valentine. He’s made all the right moves so far when it’s come to players and the pitchers they’ve matched up against. After Mike Carp hit a homerun against Toronto’s Brandon Morrow, Farrell pinched hit Johnny Gomes for Carp 2 inning later when Aaron Loup was pitching for the Blue Jays. The move seemed questionable considering Carp had already homered in the game, but Farrell looked like a genius when Johnny Gomes hit a solo shot off Loup.
The Red Sox start May by finishing the 3 game series in Toronto, then go to Texas to play the Rangers for 3 games, and then it’s back to Fenway for a 7 game home stand against the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays.