Red Sox v. Tigers Final Thoughts
Given how anemic the offense looked for the first game and a half of this series, you have to be encouraged with the Red Sox taking two out of three. It was terrific to see the bats finally break out, especially the previously hitless.
There are still some pockets of the Red Sox lineup that are not hitting, namely Jonathan Arauz and Travis Shaw, but the meat of the order is swinging the bat well. With Trevor Story coming back in the series finale, the Red Sox will have their lineup at full strength going forward.
The pitching staff had their ups and downs in this series. On the positive side, Michael Wacha had a solid Red Sox debut, and Garrett Whitlock continues to be automatic. On the other hand, Ryan Brasier’s velocity dip and Rich Hill’s inability to face an order a second time give reasons to be concerned.
A 3-3 road trip isn’t going to blow anybody anyway, but it could have been a lot worse. There were a lot of reasons to be encouraged from this road trip, and now the Red Sox can get settled in back at home.
Next up will be a four-game set in Fenway against the Twins. The Twins have a high-octane offense led by Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa, but they will be throwing Joe Ryan, Sonny Gray, Bailey Ober, and Dylan Bundy in this series, and their bullpen are mediocre at best. This should be a series in which the Red Sox could take 3 out of 4.
Series MVP: J.D Martinez (.333/.539/.778, 1 HR)