The Boston Red Sox are World Series champions. With the completion of this great season, let’s look back at each month and what they accomplished in that month.
The Boston Red Sox finished with a record of 108-54 this season, which is obviously not easy. To get a record like that, a lot of things need to happen and a team needs to dominate every month.
March and April, were the beginning of their dominance.
On Opening Day, the Red Sox suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Tampa Bay Rays when the bullpen blew a four-run lead after Chris Sale dominated for six shutout innings. However, this would be the last time the Red Sox fell under .500, rattling off nine straight wins right after this.
Despite a slow start from the offense, the early season rotation of Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello, Hector Velazquez, and Brian Johnson was fantastic to open the year, as the Red Sox awaited returns from Eduardo Rodriguez, Drew Pomeranz, and Steven Wright.
After about a week or so, the offense woke up, scoring 42 runs in a three-game span from April 7th to 10th. At this point in the season, Red Sox fans started to feel really good about this team, considering their success with only 3/5 of the rotation healthy.
Games of the month:
The two memorable games that came in this month actually came consecutively. Down 7-2 in the 8th inning on April 8th at home against Tampa, the Red Sox rallied to score six runs, capped off by an RBI double from Andrew Benintendi to take the lead 8-7. Craig Kimbrel then came in and worked a 1-2-3 inning to seal the win. This win extended a seven-game win streak to eight.
The other really memorable game came a couple nights later in their season debut against the Yankees. The Red Sox jumped on Luis Severino early and Mookie Betts put the finishing touch on a 14-1 demolition with a grand slam in the 6th inning Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve.
The Red Sox went into May with a three-game lead in the AL East.