Grading the Boston Red Sox as we approach midseason
We’ve reached the end of June and the Boston Red Sox are approaching the midpoint of their season with 76 games in the bank.
Boston enters the day with a 43-33 record, sitting in second place in the AL East and holding the top Wild Card spot.
The Red Sox sputtered out of the gate with a miserable start in April, losing 19 of their first 29 games to bury themselves at the bottom of their division. Boston finally started to turn things around in May and then dominated the month of June to climb back into the thick of the playoff hunt. Boston has won eight of their last 10 games and seven of their last eight series.
The overall production from certain players might seem underwhelming as they are still recovering from slow starts, but as a whole, the Red Sox have returned to the elite class in the American League.
The pitching staff has exceeded expectations, ranking fourth in the league in ERA, FIP and WAR, per FanGraphs.
Boston’s bats are back to being an offensive force. The Red Sox are second in the AL in runs scored. They lead the league in batting average and on-base percentage, while cracking the top-five in slugging.
Their double-digit deficit behind the division-leading New York Yankees and slim margin for error prevent the Red Sox from getting an A Grade for the first half. Despite their awful April, this team has recovered sufficiently enough to warrant a solid B+ though.
Now let’s dive into position groups to evaluate how the Red Sox have performed in certain areas.