Red Sox offense is red-hot, but don't forget about the defense

Ryan Hannable
May 12, 2019 - 4:29 pm
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It’s safe to say the Red Sox have turned things around following their rough start to the year.

Following Sunday’s 11-2 win over the Mariners, the team is now three games over .500 and quickly back in the mix at the top of the AL East standings.

(Click here for a complete game recap.)

The offense has received a lot of the credit for the turnaround, including this weekend when it scored 34 runs in the three games against Seattle, but the defense has also improved drastically of late, too.

Sunday against the Mariners was a prime example.

A local little league team would have performed better than the Mariners, as they had several dropped pop ups and a few other misplays which had them looking like a team that didn’t want anything to do with playing on a rainy day with temperatures not even reaching 50 degrees.

But even so, the Red Sox defense made several impressive plays that served as a reminder of how far it has come since the beginning of the year. The team still is among the bottom third of the league in terms of errors, but have only committed four in the last 13 games.

Having Michael Chavis in the mix has drastically improved the infield defense. He made a few impressive plays Sunday at second base.

See below.

Chavis wasn’t alone, as catcher Christian Vazquez threw a bullet to second base to complete a strike ‘em out throw ‘em out double play in the third inning.

While it's easy to point to the Red Sox offense for the recent winning stretch of play, don't forget about the defense.

It's been just as good.

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