Following trade to Boston Red Sox, Tommy Pham homers in three consecutive games for the first time in his career
Making a trade in the middle of the season always carries some level of risk. A great player might suddenly falter or collapse upon arrival, a bad player may suddenly heat up once they’re gone. Often, trades throw off a player’s rhythm, making teams wish they’d never made the deal at all.
But so far, so good for Tommy Pham, whom the Boston Red Sox acquired at last week’s trade deadline. In his first eight games with the Sox, he has eight hits, including three doubles, and a trio of home runs. He has more extra-base hits and RBI in eight games with the Sox than he did all July with the Cincinnati Reds; he didn’t hit a single home run last month.
Most impressively, those home runs have been hit in three consecutive games, a first for Pham, who is in his ninth big-league season.
In three games with the Sox, he has as many home runs as Jarren Duran and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit all year, though Bradley was never here for his bat. He’s hit a third of JD Martinez and Xander Bogaerts’ season totals.
Of course, Pham won’t keep this up forever. And even if he could, this team just doesn’t have enough for it to matter. But after a confusing trade deadline, it’s nice to see something workout out.