Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

What more can we say about the 2018 Red Sox?

They were cooked. Done. Dead. There was no way they were going to come back and win Game 4, right?

They proved us all wrong. Again.

In a year filled with remarkable wins, Saturday night felt extraordinary, given the stakes. It was the biggest win of the season for a team that may soon go down as the best ever assembled in the storied history of the franchise.

118 wins. One more to go.

The Red Sox had one hit through six innings when Yasiel Puig hit a three-run home run that felt like a backbreaker. Most teams would have packed it in. Most teams would have called it quits.

Not this Red Sox team. They responded with a nine-run onslaught and ripped the game, and maybe the series, out of the Dodgers hands. If the Red Sox close the World Series out, Game 4 will likely go down as the pivotal moment of the 2018 Fall Classic.

To accomplish what they did, coming off a heartbreaking 18-inning loss in Game 3, says all you need to know about the heart of this team. Use every old tired sports cliché in the book to describe them: they fight, they never quit, they have guts. All of those apply.

Without fail, the Red Sox seem to find a new hero every night. Saturday night was no different.

Steve Pearce smashed the tying home run and ripped a bases clearing double in the ninth that proved to be the difference in the game. Great teams have great role players, and Pearce is proving to be one of the most impactful role players the Red Sox have had in recent memory.

The 1975 Red Sox had Bernie Carbo. The 2018 Red Sox have Steve Pearce.

Even in defeat, Nathan Eovaldi felt like a hero in Game 3. He felt like a hero in Game 2. He felt like a hero in Game 1. He felt like a hero in Houston and New York.

He feels like the MVP of October.

Oct 26, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi prepares to throw a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 13th inning in game three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

When Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, and Craig Kimbrel have struggled, the likes of Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers, and Joe Kelly have been there to pick up the slack.

Matt Barnes and Ryan Brasier have been better than anyone could have expected. Rick Porcello has been as steady as they come. Eduardo Rodriguez, despite serving up the bomb to Puig, gave the Red Sox length on a night where they desperately needed it. He deserved a better outcome.

And now, the Red Sox will turn to David Price, the man nobody counted on, for the potential World Series clincher. For the second time this October, Price will take the ball in Chris Sale’s absence with a chance to write a new, positive chapter in his postseason story.

He has risen to the occasion, just like the rest of the 2018 Red Sox.

You can call this team remarkable. You can call them relentless. You can call them whatever adjective you think best describes them.

In a few hours or a few days, you will likely be calling them World Series champions. There couldn’t be a more deserving description for this team.

You can hear Matt McCarthy on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s own Hardcore Baseball podcast and on various 98.5 The Sports Hub programs. Follow him on Twitter @MattMcCarthy985.