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The Red Sox Continue To Lay Waste To Major League Baseball, Leaving A Trail Of Destruction In Their Wake

Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Before the Red Sox came to town, the Angels were the best hitting team in baseball with the best batting average, the highest OPS, the most hits, the most home runs, and the most runs scored. Two games into this series, and the Red Sox have outscored the Angels 19-1, overtaking them for the best batting average and highest OPS in baseball, and have out-homered them nine to nothing.

The Red Sox MLB-leading run differential is now up to +60. Thanks to another lopsided victory over the Angels to bump them down, the next best run differential in the majors belongs to the Toronto Blue Jays at +38, nowhere near Boston. Through their first seven games of the season, the Red Sox were averaging 3.43 runs per game, 20th best in the big leagues. In the 10 games since then, the Red Sox are averaging 8.40 runs per game. No other team in the majors has averaged better than 6.80 runs per game over that span.

In the middle game of this three-game set, the Red Sox did what they do best and that’s bludgeon their opponents over the head with a hammer. Already ahead 2-0 in the third inning thanks to a couple of RBI base hits by Mitch Moreland, who had himself a three-hit game with a homer, Rafael Devers smoked a grand slam over the brand spankin’ new right field wall at Angel Stadium.

The team had decided to lower the right field wall shortly after signing the left-handed hitting Shohei Ohtani, although I’m sure that’s purely a coincidence. Devers had gotten off to a slow start, hitting .233 with a .715 OPS through his first 11 games, but he’s hitting .348 with a 1.071 OPS over his last five, homering in consecutive games. After hitting zero of them last year, the Red Sox now have more grand slams (4) than the Cincinnati Reds have wins (3) this season.

Don’t look now, but JD Martinez’s numbers are right where you expected them to be. After getting as low as .222 with a .692 OPS on April 10, Martinez is up to .313 with a .921 OPS on the year following a four-hit night on Wednesday with another homer. Since that game when he hit the grand slam against the Yankees back on April 11, Martinez is hitting .429 with a 1.219 OPS, three home runs, a double, and 8 RBI in seven games. On Tuesday night, Mookie Betts hit three home runs. That’s as many home runs as Giancarlo Stanton has all season. On Wednesday night, Martinez had four hits. That’s as many hits as Stanton has since last Wednesday.

The Red Sox sent Rick Porcello to the mound in this one, who is off to the best start of his career. The right-hander threw six shutout innings with six strikeouts and no walks. There’s just something about a no-walk performance that gets me going. Ugh. Beautiful. Porcello scattered six hits against the Angels, and pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning that certainly set the tone for the rest of his outing. After this one, Porcello lowered his ERA to 1.40 and moved to 4-0 in four starts. And I don’t wanna jinx this, but I have to point this out because I’m really impressed by it — he hasn’t allowed a single home run yet after allowing a league-leading 38 of them last year.

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With the win, the Red Sox improve to 15-2 on the year and have won their last six straight games. For the series finale, it’s Eduardo Rodriguez versus Nick Tropeano. Rodriguez has only made two starts this year, getting a late start due to his knee surgery this past October, but he allowed just one earned run and struck out eight batters his last time out against the O’s. Tropeano is making just his second start of the year after blanking the Royals his first time out over six and two thirds.

Final score: Red Sox 9, Angels 0