2018-09-13 / Sports

Boston is no Tea Party

BASEBALL’S BEST
By LAMAR GARRARD
baseball historian

“Going through college as a Red Sox fan and knowing the history behind everything that was going - ting a chance to win a World Series for this great city after 86 years, it Boston pitcher after the 2004 World Series Boston win, and former 1989 Augusta Pirates player.

The Bostonians blew into Atlanta’s Sun Trust Park September 3-5 and did something that General Sherman could not do on his visit to the Georgia city. The Red Sox embarrassed the Braves by sweep- ing a three-game series.

The season still has somewhere around 15 games left and the Braves few games over the Phillies. Washington is not too far behind. Can our pitching hold out well enough to secure a playoff spot? are crucial and that upsets and sur- 1949, the Yankees defeated the Red Sox on the last day of the season to win the pennant and went on to best Brooklyn in the World Series. This World Series win. 1951 saw the Giants take the pennant away from the Dodgers with Bobby Thomson’s home run in a one-game edge to capture the NL the Mets overcame a - cit in August to clinch the title and then jumped on the Orioles to win the World Championship. 1978 was the year the Yankees, after being behind in July, won 70 per cent of

one game to win the pennant and 1993, the Braves were out by 10 and earned a one-game lead to take the NL West title only to lose in the World Series.

of the above-mentioned Boston Red Sox series, the Braves seemed poised to take the third game on

5. With a 7-1 lead late in the game, errors and relief pitch- ing took its toll and Atlanta lost the game 9-8 off the bat of former Brave Brandon Philips’ home run.

Boston is the hottest team in baseball playing currently at a .678 winning percentage and in first Their great hitting is led by Mookie Betts with a .341 average and 29 homers and 27 stolen bases. Next is J.D. Martinez batting .332 with 39 homers. Benintendi is at .283 with 16 homers and 20 stolen bases.

Throw in Bogaerts, Nunez, and Bradley Jr., who have 42 round trippers between the three of them and you have a powerful offense.

Boston’s pitching staff is the envy of most clubs. Chris Sale has won 14 games, Price 12, Rodriquez 12 and Porcello 16, not to mention the blazing fastball of closer Craig Kimbrel. Former Brave Kimbrel has earned 38 saves in 55 appearances.

We can see why the Boston Red Sox are not celebrating a tea party, but are enjoying the festivities that come with having possibly the best team in baseball. The season is not over and maybe the Braves will be doing their own tomahawk chop come World Series time!

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