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Jim Monaghan
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We expected the Red Sox offense to carry the team to whatever success they were going to have in 2020.

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We weren't necessarily expecting Christian Vazquez to be the guy to carry the offense.

It was Vazquez's two home runs off Steven Matz that helped power Boston to a 4-2 win over the Mets on Citi Field Thursday night. The previous night, he had homered off Seth Lugo in a 6-5 Red Sox win that snapped a four-game losing streak.

With four home runs, Vazquez is the team leader while we wait for the likes of Xander Bogaerts, Andrew Benintendi and J.D. Martinez to get hot.

Meanwhile in the Bronx where the Yankees will host Boston this weekend, his counterpart behind the plate, Gary Sanchez, is hitless for the season. And Geritt Cole can talk all he wants about he loves the way Sanchez calls a game, but let's be honest - if Sanchez doesn't hit, he's a major liability behind the plate due to his defensive lapses.

It would be foolish to expect Vazquez to continue to hit at his current pace (.421/.450/1.555 with four home runs and eight RBI's in 19 at bats), it is reasonable to assume that he can give the Red Sox solid production in the bottom half of the lineup while we wait for the rest of the lineup to start to produce.

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Jim Monaghan 7/31/2020 11:51:00 AM Edit
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