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Another reminder of how Red Sox squandered Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers’ impressive 2019

Nick Friar
September 21, 2019 - 10:32 pm

Mitch Moreland was almost the hero on Saturday, hitting his third home run of the series against the Rays. But the Red Sox, once again, let the game get away in the bottom of the 11th, losing 5-4 to Tampa Bay for the second time in as many days.

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Two other Red Sox hitters drove in the team’s other three runs. Like Moreland, they collected their RBI off of home runs.

This pair has combined for 63 home runs and 222 RBI this year, while each has an OPS north of .900 and an average over .300.

They also happen to play alongside each other, over on the left side of the infield.

Of course, the twosome is Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts.

So, these two have been the team’s most consistent hitters, on top of J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts — who haven’t been on the same level as they each were in 2018, but have still been good in 2019 — yet Bogaerts and Devers’ play has been all for naught.

No title. Heck, no shot at the postseason. Bogaerts barely got into the All-Star Game. Devers didn’t get in. And neither will win MVP over Mike Trout this year.

Maybe they’ll win the Silver Sluggers for their respective positions, which is nothing to sniff at.

But again, you have two hitters who are much better than they were last year, combined with Betts, Martinez and Christian Vazquez, who also had a breakout year at the plate, and the team ultimately has nothing to show for it.

The Red Sox can’t even play spoiler well, having lost the first two games of the series to the Rays. Maybe they’re just trying to make life more difficult for Terry Francona, with his Indians battling the Rays and A’s for a shot at the Wild Card game.

Either way, this loss is just another reminder of what’s been wasted this year.