The Red Sox have had a successful season. They are going to the American League Championship Series for the first time since 2013.
This season really has been a very good one for the Boston Red Sox. They started the season going 17-2 in April. The Sox crushed the bad competition while the New York Yankees didn’t do so well. Throughout the whole season, they have owned the American League East. This division title means more than the previous two seasons.
Boston beat New York twice on their field in the ALDS, which is hard to do. Monday night’s win crushing the Yankees 16-1 was great because they took the crowd out of the game early. They also silenced the Yankee hitters. Then on Tuesday night, they took care of business and beat them a second time on their field in front of their crowd. That is very impressive and really goes to show that the Sox are more talented than the Yankees like it showed all season long.
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Alex Cora has been awesome all season and even better during this series. It seems like every substitution he made to put another player in worked. For example, in Game 3, Brock Holt was at second base. Holt went 4-for-6 and hit for the cycle. Then on Tuesday night, Ian Kinsler played second and had one hit and one RBI. Also, using Rick Porcello in Game 1 of the series in the eighth inning. Then Sale, who pitched on Tuesday night with a 4-1 lead in the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Both decisions he made and the lineup changes worked in his favor in this series.
As a whole team, they seem to be more relaxed and loose than they were the previous postseasons. Really they’ve been this kinda team all season which Cora has installed in them since spring training. The Sox were more humble than New York. They heard Aaron Judge blasting ‘New York New York’ after Game 2 at Fenway Park. That gave the Sox ambition to go into New York and win those two games which is exactly what they did. Then they were playing ‘New York New York’ in their visitor’s clubhouse at Yankee Stadium.
Last nights Game 3 win over New York really validated their season. In the 2016 and 2017 postseason, the Sox were swept in the first round. Even after winning the division in back-to-back seasons. Now this year with a new manager in Alex Cora, who really out managed Yankee manager Aaron Boone throughout this series, has gotten the Sox over that hump and they are on to the ALCS.
If the Red Sox lose in the ALCS it won’t be a failure of a season because they took care of business by getting past the ALDS. Even better, it was over the Yankees.