Boston Red Sox: 5 Reasons to Believe This Team Is a Contender Again

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Boston Red Sox: 5 Reasons to Believe This Team Is a Contender Again
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After a strong recent run of play, the Sox and their fans can expect to be celebrating a lot more.

After dropping the opening game of their series against the Miami Marlins on June 11, the Boston Red Sox’ record sat at an abysmal 29-32. Since then, the Sox have won 11 of their 14 games, and by doing so have emerged as a contender in the AL East.

A look at the standings today shows the Sox in a tie for third place in the division, the highest they have been all season long.

Their rise back to respectability has been a total team effort; both the offense (6.4 runs per game) and the pitching staff (3.9 runs allowed per game) have elevated their level of play during their impressive streak.

Perhaps the most encouraging part of this resurgence is the myriad ways in which the Sox have won games. They really have done it all: they’ve won games that have been close throughout, blown teams out, held off opponent comebacks and have staged late rallies of their own.

The heroes have been faces both new and familiar: everyone from David Ortiz to Will Middlebrooks to Scott Atchison has played a central role in a Sox win.

This group is finally starting to resemble a team, something that even a short time ago would have seemed impossible. They have seemingly found the spark that had been missing all year, and finally look to be building a ton of momentum heading into the second half of the season.

There are many reasons for the Sox and their fans to be optimistic about the team’s chances going forward. Here are five of them:

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