Red Sox Fans Will Hate Latest MLB.com Power Rankings (April 18)
The Boston Red Sox came into the year expected to finish fourth in a crowded American League East division, yet own a 5-4 record through the first two weeks of the season. Fans will hate to see that a solid start does not matter in regards to the team's spot in MLB.com's latest power rankings.
Red Sox Power Rankings
The Red Sox checked in at No. 13 heading into Monday's game, which is two spots lower than their preseason ranking. They were passed by two teams off to hot starts in the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals. That makes sense, but the fact that Boston is five spots behind the next-closest AL East team is concerning.
While manager Alex Cora's squad is tied for the eighth-best run differential in the majors (+7), nothing is really making the team stick out in a positive way. Boston ranks outside the top 10 in statistical categories such as runs per game (4.67), earned run average (3.71) and WHIP (1.24).
Slow starts by a couple of superstars are keeping the Red Sox from winning games they likely should. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts has only racked up 5 RBIs and second baseman Trevor Story has yet to hit a home run. Seeing those two get back into All-Star form would go a long way in building momentum.
The next few weeks will be crucial for Boston given its next 13 games are all against divisional opponents. The Red Sox kick off a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
For now, they have odds set at +2500 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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