I’m starting to wonder If we’re beginning to cool off, maybe just a tad? We got hot at the right time as we went 10-1 in the last 11 games. Then we went 2-2 against The Mets, a team we were 4-0 against earlier in the season. We also went 1-1 against one of the worst teams in baseball in the Red Sox. How did it happen? Let’s dive in and discuss game one.
This offense needs to stay hot if we are going to make the playoffs. We can’t afford to lay an egg against inferior teams. We scored six runs on eight hits. Could Didi be getting hot just when we need him the most? Over the past two games, he’s 3-6, with two RBI’s and one walk. That includes going 2-3 with an RBI and a walk. He’s been one of the lone Klentak bright spots, and a streaking Didi Gregorius could be just what the doctor ordered.
I love Alec Bohm. All he does is make winning plays on the field, whether it be on offense or defense. In the past two games, he’s 4-9 with five RBI’s. He’s batting .444 during that stretch. He went 3-4 with Four RBI’s, including a two-run game-winner. Did I mention he’s 11-24 with runners in scoring position? That’s a .444 batting average and the best in the league. How much more could you ask for from a kid like this? We’ll need him if we make the playoffs.
Eflin had another solid start. Not great, but enough for his team to get the job done. I think he’s starting to gain confidence. If he could continue at this pace, we’d be in good shape. In his last four starts, he’s 2-1 with a 4.24 ERA. A good chunk of that comes down to shotty outfield play. During game one against the Sox, he allowed three runs on eight hits, with one walk and six strikeouts. If Eflin can find his stride, it could help out this time down the final stretch of games.
The bullpen did not have a stellar game. The surprising part? It was Tommy Hunter who let them down. Hunter was scoreless in his previous eight games. He allowed two runs on two hits in 0.2 innings. In Hector, we trust. In the last 7.1 innings of work, he’s only allowed two runs, with a 1.23 ERA. During game one of the series, he allowed only one hit to go along with a walk and a strikeout. The bullpen needs to step up their game. We need everyone at their best as The Sprint To The Finish rages on!