In a tough American League East Division the Red Sox carried a 3 game lead over their rival Yankees, and a 5 game lead over an excellent Toronto Blue Jay team. This year instead of being the usual Red Sox – Yankees battle for first, the Blue Jays have kept themselves in contention.
But to stay in first place there are many things that need to stay the same for the Red Sox. Mike Lowell, who was thought by many to be burned out last year has been an excellent addition at third base, and has been phenomenal on offense,using Fenway Park’s green monster to pull alot of doubles. He has proven that he wasn’t a throw in with Josh Beckett.
Josh Beckett is also another part of the pieces which will lead to the team to victories over the second half. Along with Curt Schilling who returned from his ankle injury to have a 10-3 record and a 3.60 ERA. Although Josh Beckett had some shaky performances he has been an addition to the once struggling Sox pitching that relied on offense and has a 11-4 record with a 4.75 ERA.
Brought up from Pawtucket to fix a temporary starting pitcher hole Jon Lester took on the challenge and has become successfully. He has a 4-0 record and a 3.06 ERA, and will look to keep going tommorow against the Oakland Athletics. Two other young pitchers Manny Delcarmen and Craig Hansen are going to help keep the bullpen steady with 3.52 and 4.63 ERA’s, and rookie closer turned starter turned closer, or something along the lines of that Jonathan Papelbon has been lights out for the Boston Red Sox who only has a 0.59 ERA, and is in a tie with for a Major League leading 26 saves.
And with David Ortiz,Manny Ramirez, Trot Nixon,Mark Loretta, and Alex Gonzalez ( who has surprised many) hitting so well the Red Sox should succeed in the second half.