Wednesday night the Boston Red Sox continue their series against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park.
Currently the Boston Red Sox have a 95-44 record which is the best within the American League. The next closest team is the Yankee’s who are eight and a half games back. The Red Sox have been a red hot team since the All-Star break and on the road they possess a 47-26 record and are 5-5 in the last 10 games.
The Atlanta Braves are currently 76-61 within the National League which currently has them in first place in their respected division (NL East). The Braves have also been a red hot team this season, they’ve been quite impressive and have shocked a lot of people due to their success. Defending their home turf, the Braves possess a 37-32 record but are currently 4-10 within the last 10 games.
During the first game of the series on Monday night, the Red Sox defeated the Braves, 8-2 as Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBIs. Currently the second game of a four game series, the Red Sox currently lead 5-1 in the 6th inning thanks to Steve Pearce currently going 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
Taking the mound for the Atlanta Braves is right-handed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz. This season, Foltynewicz currently has a 10-9 record with a 2.80 ERA. Through 151 innings pitched, Foltynewicz has recorded 174 strikeouts which ranks him No. 17 in the MLB.
His pitching arsenal has been highly impressive this season as he has shown much more then just a four seam fastball. Along with his fastball, Foltynewicz has mixed in a good combination of a slider, sinker, curve and change-up. His four seam averages 97 MPH which is a blazing fast average which causes chaos at the plate for batters.
In addition to a strong bullpen, the Atlanta Braves also have a lot of talented offensive players located throughout the roster.
One of the hottest young players within the MLB is Braves’ left-fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. Acuna is currently leading the Braves in home runs with 23 while also maintaining a .292 batting average this season.
First-baseman Freddie Freeman is making a case for MVP this season after making some incredible plays on both sides of the ball. Freeman currently is batting .305 which not only leads the Braves but places him within the Top 15 in the league, he also has recorded 20 HRs and 82 RBIs.
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Taking the mound for the Red Sox is right-handed pitcher Hector Velazquez. Velazquez is currently riding a 7-2 record while managing a 3.24 ERA this season. Pitching just over 72.1 innings, Velazquez successfully struck out 46 batters this season.
Velazquez has relied on roughly six pitches throughout the duration of the 2018 season. These pitches include a sinker, four seam, splitter, slider, change-up and curve. Although his pitches don’t generate as much velocity as some would hope for, when they cross the plate they are highly effective at generating ground ball opportunities.
One of two players to keep an eye on for the Red Sox is right-fielder JD Martinez. Martinez is making a HUGE case this season for the MVP award as he currently has a .335 batting average, 115 RBIs and 39 HRs.
His currently batting average ranks him second, home run total ranks is 2nd in MLB and he is currently 1st with total RBIs. Martinez is having an absolute monster season offensively and with plenty of games left his totals will only rise.
Another name is outfielder Mookie Betts. Betts currently has a .338 batting average which ranks him 1st in the MLB. Along with the No. 1 batting average in the league, Betts also has 29 HRs and 71 RBIs for the Red Sox.
Both Martinez and Betts are current MVP candidates and both players are currently making strong cases to improve their chances at winning the MVP award.