Before the season even started, the decision to bat Kiké Hernández in the leadoff spot was already a controversial one from Alex Cora. Keaton talked about this some during spring training, and I largely agree with the point. It’s always important to mention that batting order really doesn’t matter all that much at the end of the day, and unless you’re doing something wild like putting your best hitter in the ninth spot the difference in win total will be marginal.
The Minnesota Twins postponed their game against the Boston Red Sox on Monday because of safety concerns following the fatal police shooting of a Black man and the potential for unrest in the area. The Red Sox and Twins were scheduled to begin a four-game series on Monday afternoon at Target Field. The Twins said their decision was made in consultation with Major League Baseball and state and local officials.
Fast forward a week and we spend practically the entire show breaking down the biggest reasons why after nine games the Red Sox are in sole possession of first place in the American League East. Having watched most of the Red Sox baseball to this point of the season I wanted to approach this exercise by writing down what I thought the biggest reasons for the teams success has been so far. I came up with a list of six main takeaways from their early season success and then dove into them.