After an abysmal 10-16 month of June, July has been the exact opposite. After Thursday night’s victory against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park, the Red Sox moved to 12-3 in the month of July and maintained a 0.5 game lead in the AL East. They are 11 games above .500 and are the owners of the 2nd best winning percentage in the AL and tied for 3rd in total wins in the AL. In the month, they are averaging 6.33 runs per game and allowing 4.73 runs per game (if you remove the outlier of 21 runs allowed against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on July 2, then it’s only 3.57 runs per game allowed). No matter how you slice it, July has been kind to the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are in the middle of a crucial 9-game home stand. Thus far, they have taken care of business and swept the short 2-game set with the San Francisco Giants (best record in baseball at the time) and took game 1 of a 4-game set with the l Twins. The next 6 games will be important for the Red Sox because they have 22 of the following 28 games on the road after this home stand, including an 11-game west coast swing. It’s never easy to travel cross-country and have your body adjust to the new time zone.
Given the success in July, it’s looking like June might have been the aberration and not the start of a new trend. With Hanley Ramirez swinging a hot bat and the pitching staff mostly holding their own, the winning should hopefully continue. That’s good news considering 1 losing month won’t kill your postseason hopes, but 2 likely will.