Red Sox Strut: Third baseman Rafael Devers, LHP Chris Sale
A weekly article series where we examine two players who deserve to strut their stuff for the Boston Red Sox. This week – Rafael Devers, Chris Sale.
If you want to fully understand what the Red Sox Strut is, it means to have reason to walk with a confident, proud air around you. Some people mistake it for vanity, arrogance, or being pompous. This incorrect assumption is not what we mean. The Strut is about knowing that your deeds showed off your amazing skills to the baseball-loving public.
The Boston Red Sox ride into the final week of the regular season on a six-game winning streak.
After taking two out of three against the Tampa Bay Rays, Boston wrapped up their final road trip of the season by sweeping the Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds. They finish with an impressive 45-36 road record that is third best in the American League.
The Red Sox head home to Fenway Park to finish out the regular season schedule with three games against the Toronto Blue Jays followed by a four-game set with a Houston Astros team they may see in the ALDS.
Boston has a five-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East division race with seven games remaining. They have already clinched a playoff spot and are likely to have secured the division before starting their series with Houston. How the Red Sox approach that series will depend on if they have any chance of catching the Astros for home-field advantage in the opening round of the postseason.
Let’s have a look at the players who have helped fuel this strong sprint to the finish line.