The Year of Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox

By Joe Clinton

The Boston Red Sox have had a historic season and are looking to make it even better. The Red Sox ended the season 108-54, the best record in the history of a franchise that has been around for more than 100 years. They’ve been led by the bats of Mookie Betts and JD Martinez, both in the running for the American League MVP. Betts, who hit .346 avg, 32 home runs and 80 RBIs, also has shown strong defensive play in the field, alongside Jackie Bradley Jr. This record-breaking season has come under the leadership of first-year manager Alex Cora.

The Red Sox secured home field advantage by clinching the top seed against the New York Yankees in the Divisional round of the playoffs. The Sox struggled and split the first two games at Fenway against the Yankees. They survived the first game 5-4, led by JD Martinez’s first postseason home run with the team, but suffered another postseason loss by David Price in game two. In the Bronx, it was a much different story. The Red Sox came out to play and won a great game three, 16-1, powered by Brock Holt, the first player in Major League Baseball history to ever hit for the cycle in the postseason. They then finished off the series with a 4-3 win in yet another nail biter which could’ve gone either way in the 9th. For the first time since 2013 the Red Sox advanced to the ALCS to play against the Houston Astros.

The Red Sox were not favored going into this series against the defending World Series champions, especially after losing game one at Fenway 7-2. They bounced back in game two with a 7-5 win due to a huge three-run homer by Jackie Bradley Jr. The next three games were played in Houston, and the Sox surprised many by winning all three: 8-2, 8-6 and 4-1. The performance secured the Red Sox’s first trip to the World Series since 2013.

In the World Series, they will face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers,  who finished the regular season 92-71 and first in the NL west division. The Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games to win the NL pennant. Game one starts Tuesday, Oct. 23, and if the series goes to seven games, is scheduled to end on Halloween.

Featured Photo from The Washington Times

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