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Red Sox have more grand slams than some teams have wins

Alex Reimer
April 19, 2018 - 1:45 pm

There are lots of ways to quantify the Red Sox’ torrid start. The most obvious indicator is their 15-2 record, which is the best a team has fared out of the gate since the 2003 Giants. The pitching staff is also incredible, sporting an ERA of 2.66. 

While the Red Sox’ starting rotation was expected to be one of the better units in the league, assuming health, their thunderous offense has been a surprise. They lead the league with 108 runs scored and have also popped 22 home runs — good for fourth in the American League. Last season, of course, the Red Sox finish last in round-trippers. 

One of the hallmarks of the Red Sox’ early-season offensive surge has been the grand slam. Rafael Devers clubbed one to right field Wednesday in Boston’s 9-0 win over the Angels, giving the Red Sox four of them on the year. In 2017, the Red Sox didn’t have a single grand slam.

Thanks to Devers’ base-clearing blast, the Red Sox now have more grand slams than two teams –– the Royals and Reds –– have wins (three). Cincinnati fired its manager, Bryan Price, on Thursday. 

That tidbit is just one of the litany of bizarre stats that emerge throughout a long baseball season. But it’s an anecdote that shows just how dominant the Red Sox have been so far. Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez –– who also homered Wednesday –– hit the other grand slams.

Though Bogaerts is still nursing an injury, Betts and Martinez continue to be two of the most prolific sluggers in baseball. Fresh off a three-home run performance Tuesday, Betts is slashing .390/.486/.763. Once again, it is fair to ask whether he is on Mike Trout’s level.

Martinez, meanwhile, has four home runs and is slashing .313/.343/.578. His early struggles look like a distant memory. 

In Spring Training, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski kept saying the addition of Martinez and improvements from core players should be enough to carry the Red Sox’ offense to the next level. So far, he’s been proven right. 

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