Red Sox: Revamped and Revived Back on the Road to 100 Wins

Alex PotterCorrespondent IApril 22, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 15:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox bats against the Oakland Athletics during a Major League Baseball game on April 15, 2009 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

After a truly rough start to the season—dropping the first two series—the Boston Red Sox have rebounded to win five straight heading into Wednesday afternoon in a day-night double header at Fenway Park when they look to show the Minnesota Twins that they are only coming to Fenway Park this season once for a reason.

After the 2-6 start that is now behind us, the Boston Red Sox are slowly reviving the horrible bat production that paralyzed the offense we praised so highly. The Red Sox have scored 38 runs in the last five games, almost one-third of those were scored with two outs.

Dustin Pedroia had a great series versus the Orioles and had put the jump back into his M.V.P. defense.

Jason Varitek has been solid to say the least as he has belted three home runs to start the season. I am not looking to say I told you so but that's exactly what I predicted a few weeks ago.

J.D. Drew has been not starting as many games as he did to start last season but now with Rocco Baldelli having a strained hamstring, J.D. will be able to show his true power as he has also belted three home runs thus far into the season.

The irony of the number three continues as Jason Bay has also belted three long balls in 13 games this season.

The revival has begun. it has not completely taken control but we are back on track.

I know that the shortstop position was going to be a problem entering this season, but the return of Julio Lugo is near and I never thought that the return of Julio Lugo was something I wanted. His rehab stint in AAA Pawtucket has begun and will probably last about 5-10 games as the Pawtucket Red Sox will be hosting a home stand.

The Pitching Staff has been OK.

I am not going to praise this starting rotation like I did to start the season for the simple fact that they are polar opposites within themselves. The starters have either been on their game or so far off and they give up seven, eight, or even nine runs in a start. The next start they are taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning; example Tim Wakefield, or they are back on their game and just as dominant as they were last season; example, Jon Lester.

The one thing that has caught my eye and the eyes of Red Sox Nation is the dominance out of the bullpen.

Shaky at first yes, but now that they are settled, Ramon Ramirez, Takashi Saito, Jonathan Papelbon, Manny Delcarmen, even Justin Masterson (who made a great start in relief on Monday), are all on their games to start 2009. Perfect is not a word I throw out there to often but this resembles a solid bullpen that mimics 2007 and 2004, both championship years.

In conclusion, 100 wins is not out of the question. Many people do not want to believe in that because it is rare, especially in the tough schedule that Boston has to overcome this season.

The revival has begun, Red Sox Nation. All you have to do is "Cowboy Up" and believe!