Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Pretty Damn Impressive April

The Red Sox have two games remaining in the month of April, and so far it's been a pretty historic month. They are tied with Texas for the best record in baseball and are off to their best start since 2002. It was just what they needed to put the crapfest that was 2012 in the rear view mirror.

Going into today's game with Houston, the Sox are 17-7. The team record for wins for the month of April is 18, done twice, in 1998 and 2003 (both seasons the Red Sox went to the postseason).

The Sox lead the American League in many offensive categories: runs batted in, stolen bases, extra base hits and total bases. They are in the league top five in doubles, triples, batting average, runs, walks, OBP, slugging percentage and OPS.

The pitching has been equally outstanding, as the Red Sox lead the league in wins and strikeouts, and are in the league top five in ERA, saves and opponents batting average.

The team is second in the AL in defense, having made just 9 errors in 24 games.

Mike Napoli is leading the majors in RBI with 27. Clay Buchholz is one of two five-game winners, and is second in the AL in ERA (1.19).

There is so much to like with this team. Terrific hitting, pitching and defense. They go for the sweep over the Astros today with the return of John Lackey from the DL.

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