Red Sox 2018 team has a chance to become amongst the greatest
The 2018 record setting Boston Red Sox has a chance to be considered amongst the all time great teams, with a World Series title likely doing this.
This year’s Boston Red Sox team has already set records, which will put them in the history books. They became the first Red Sox team to win 108 games in a regular season and put on a show all year round, which has carried on into the playoffs, so far.
An ALDS win against bitter rivals the New York Yankees and eliminating the defending world champion Houston Astros in emphatic style, in the ALCS, has progressed this unbelievable season even further.
The 2018 team is a tight-knit group of star studded players. What helps the team perform so well, as a group, is that there are no big egos in the clubhouse. Every player on this Red Sox roster works for every teammate they have, a trait which is similar to the great Red Sox teams in the past, like in 2004.
This team has the likely AL MVP in the outstanding Mookie Betts, one of the best hitters in baseball in J.D. Martinez and one of the best pitchers in Chris Sale. While the team adjourns the likes of the best in the game, there are plenty of other stars, who are stars in their own right, and have performed like stars this year. You would fail to see any weak areas in the Red Sox line up, both offensively and defensively, on many a nights. The presence of players like Jackie Bradley Jr. Xander Bogaerts and Andrew Benintendi, in the field and a terrific pitching rotation, helped by reliable defensive catchers, gives this team a defensive backing which you will go a long way to find.
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While there have been times this season where the bullpen has struggled, the backing of starting pitchers moving into the pen, this postseason, has given it a spring in its step. Joe Kelly has found his form again and Ryan Brasier has impressed in his first year with the Red Sox. With Chris Sale, who has yet again been amazing this season, missing significant time this postseason, the bullpen has needed to step up, along with the starters, and it has done what has been needed.
An 108 win season, is excellent for any team. For Boston it marks another sensational regular season. It’s a win mark which hasn’t been matched before. Not by the teams including the greatest Ted Williams, or by the 1967 and 1975 AL pennant winning teams of Carl Yastrzemski and co. But, in order for this years Boston heroes to be considered at the very top, they will have to match that of what the early 1903 and 1910’s Red Sox did, and win it all. With inspiration coming from back then, and more recently, the unforgettable wins of 2004, 2007 and 2013, the job is there to be done, and the talent is too.
Overcoming the two other 100 win teams this postseason, the Red Sox have beaten the best of the best. Whether it’s the infamous Los Angeles Dodgers or the budding Milwaukee Brewers, the Red Sox have beaten great teams so far, on this journey and with big performances from a record-breaking Red Sox team, this unreal season can be capped off with what is needed by the city of Boston – a ninth world championship.