Near the end of June, the Toronto Blue Jays sent Steve Pearce to the Boston Red Sox. Before the trade, though, he had only played in 26 games. They certainly were a productive 26 games, though, which saw Pearce slash .291/.349/.519 with six doubles and four home runs. 18 games later in Boston, and he’s fitting in just fine with the rest of the scorching hot Red Sox.
Pearce is slashing .358/.444/.679 with five doubles and four dingers for the AL East leaders. But going into last night’s division battle against the Yankees, he only had one home run to his name with Boston. Three home runs and a 15-7 win later, that all changed. And via theScore, Pearce couldn’t be happier about it.
“It was a good night. A fun night. A great team win, and something that I’ll never forget,” he said after the game.
“It was exciting, especially when you get home and you see all your teammates there, ready for you. … To be able to celebrate with them, it’s a great feeling.”
Last night was the opener of a four-game division battle between the two sides, and this put the Red Sox in an incredible position to possibly run away with the AL East. At 76-34, they’re already 6.5 games up on New York. This all changes if the Yankees can go on and win the next three games, but it’s hard to see that happening.
The Red Sox have scored 587 runs this season, more than every other team. They have a run differential of +184, only trailing the Houston Astros (+185) in that regard. Will anyone stop them? For what it’s worth, Yankees manager Aaron Boone knows they need to do better.
“We have to do a better job playing a better brand of baseball especially against a real good opponent. When it’s difficult, not everything going our way, we need to be airtight to minimize damage on the other side.”
Against these Red Sox, that’s easier said than done.