With the Boston Red Sox winning their 50th game of the season in dramatic fashion Sunday afternoon, I think it's time for the Sox to be in the "best team" conversation. For a ball club that most writers and "baseball experts" picked to finish at the bottom of the AL East they are certainly doing everything possible to prove those people wrong. Boston is on top of the American League with a record of 50-34 which is just behind the Pittsburgh Pirates (50-31) for the best record in baseball.
Statistically the Red Sox have the best offense in baseball leading in several categories including runs scored, hits, average, doubles, and RBIs to name a few. The categories that they don't lead in they are just below the leaders. On paper if your looking at the Sox lineup there aren't really any superstars that jump out at you. Besides David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia who are doing what they've always done, there isn't a Miguel Cabrera or Mike Trout in there putting up ridiculous numbers. The 2013 Red Sox are a team, winning as a team and ultimately that's what wins championships.
In 25 series this year against opposing teams Boston has won 16, lost only 7, and split 2 of those series. When your winning that many series to start the year your bullpen and bench players have a lot to do with those wins. Luckily for the Sox they've had big contributions from guys like Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes off the bench with clutch hitting late in games. Although their closing situation has been shaky latley, Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara, and Andrew Miller as of late have been able to settle in and get out of big jams left by starters.
As we approach the All-Star break the Red Sox should improve as a team when a "healthy" Clay Buchholz should be returning. Getting their ace back will make them better for obvious reasons but will also lighten the load for the relievers out of the bullpen. Boston fans also hope to see Will Middlebrooks find his swing in Pawtucket and bring that back to the majors with him adding to their already best offense in the bigs. When Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Napoli find their power again this offense will really take off and put them in another gear. I believe this current Sox team can get it done and go all the way barring any major injuries or setbacks. However, as well as the Sox are doing doesn't negate the fact that they will be making moves by the trade deadline. Boston always looks for a starting pitcher, outfielder, and this year possibly a change at the catcher position.
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