Red Sox: Two unlikely players have made the difference

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 1: Eduardo Nunez
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 1: Eduardo Nunez /
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BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 05: Andrew Benintendi (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 05: Andrew Benintendi (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

How Boston can power through the rest of the season

No one is expecting either player to carry the team down the stretch. No one believes that Devers or Nunez will hit 20+ home runs this season. It would not however, be a stretch to see Devers hit 10+ and see Nunez end up in the 12-15 range for home runs, especially if he continues at his current pace and faces pitchers he’s never seen before.

Some players have begun getting hot again and thank goodness considering many were nervous that they had peaked too soon. Mitch Moreland and Andrew Benintendi are starting to find their grooves once again. Moreland had no homers and just four RBI’s in July. So far in August he’s had two homers and five runs knocked in including four doubles where he doubled up no pun intended on his total from the month prior. Many thought that Moreland was done.

Benintendi was also on the down and out in July. The other Sox rookie has also been doing much better with his hitting. After hitting .222/2/13/0 in July, he’s slashing .353/1/4/3 in August through four games. Through June and July, Benintendi only had two stolen bases. He also only had four multi-hit games last month. Benintendi already has two through four games.

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The Red Sox are here to stay and with only a couple of months until the playoffs are here, we can expect some late season heroics and magic from the boys playing in Beantown.