The Boston Red Sox continue to be the best thing in baseball this year. They have complied an 87-36 .707 completing an 8-2 week. Pure domination of the American League East has put them on track for being one of the greatest regular season teams of all time.
Brian Johnson has been an unlikely contributor to a team that entered the series with the Tampa Bay Rays 50 games over .500. It takes steadiness from the likes of Johnson to augment efforts made by the likes of Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez to be truly dominant.
Johnson is all about substance, and it’s been this way all season. The invaluable swingman was again there when his team needed him.
Alex Cora likes to give credit to some of the team’s unheralded players. “If you start looking at under-the-radar guys who have put this team in a position to be successful on a daily basis, [Johnson] is one of them,” Cora said Tuesday. “He’s been helping to start games, to come in relief and to be sure that we have 27 outs when we need them on a daily basis.”
Also, and more importantly the Red Sox ace Chris Sale was placed on the 10-day disabled list with mild left shoulder inflammation, the club announced on Saturday afternoon. His DL stint is retroactive to Wednesday.
In a corresponding roster move, Boston recalled right-hander Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox have not yet named a replacement for Sale’s scheduled start on Sunday against the Rays at Fenway Park.
Sale previously went to the DL on July 31with the same injury, which could make this an alarming development for the Bosox. However, the Red Sox own the American League’s best record by a comfortable 10 1/2 games. They just maybe resting Sale for their playoffs run.
Offensively Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez are the center piece but it clicks when Jackie Bradley Jr. is producing. The Red Sox improved to 14-1 when Bradley records at least two hits and 47-13 when he produces at least one. Betts, Martinez, Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts make the Red Sox dangerous. With production from Bradley, along with Ian Kinsler, and infielder Eduardo Nunez the Red Sox may have the most dynamic offense in baseball history.