In the finale of their three-game series at Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox beat up on the Milwaukee Brewers, winning 12-3. The victory gave them a 43-28 record, the best in the American League and a far cry from that dismal 2-10 start.
They are 13-3 in the month of June and have the Major Leagues' most potent offense. Were it not for their embarrassing start their lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East would be much greater than the 1.5 games it is presently.
They have fought their way back into playoff and title contention with a combination of great hitting and great pitching. Boston has scored six or more runs 10 times in its last 15 games. The starting pitcher in each of their last three games has gone at least three innings–the first time the team has managed that in 15 years.
Finally, the Red Sox are living up to their preseason billing as favorites to win the American League Pennant. Here are nine reasons they will not only do that, but go one step further and win their third title in eight years.