Boston Red Sox

Matt Dolloff

The Red Sox are quietly the hottest team in baseball

It's "don't look now" season for the Boston Red Sox, but ironically, with the Celtics' season over, it's time to look. Don't Look Now™, but the Red Sox are quietly the hottest team in Major League Baseball at the moment. They have won five games in a row, which happens to be the longest current streak in the majors, and they're tied with four other teams with an 8-2 record in their last 10 games. It goes even deeper than that. Offensively, the Red Sox have the best team OPS in baseball during the month of June at .842. They are first in OBP (.369) and third in slugging percentage (.473). They've been a little less impressive on the mound in June, as they're 13th in the majors with a 3.88 team ERA. However, they're fifth with 155 strikeouts and have issued the 10th-fewest walks (47). TORONTO, ON - JUNE 18: Tyler O'Neill #17 of the Boston Red Sox hits a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning in their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on June 18, 2024 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) Despite all those numbahs, the most encouraging sign for the Red Sox of late is their performance against good teams. Entering Thursday, they're merely 12-21 against teams over .500 so far in 2024. But in June, they're 5-3, with a split against the Braves and a 4-2 combined record against the first-place Yankees and Phillies. Now, the Red Sox are coming off a three-game sweep of the disappointing Toronto Blue Jays (35-39), and have a day off before they take on the Reds (35-39) in Cincinnati. After that, they'll return home for three more games against the Jays and another three-game set, against the San Diego Padres (38-40). They have a good chance to keep the hot streak going with that schedule. MORE- Milliken: 3 reasons you should watch the Red Sox right now Despite all this, the Red Sox remain only five games over .500 and they're one game behind the Kansas City Royals (41-34) for the third Wild Card spot in the American League. So, they still have work to do if they want to graduate from "team on a hot streak" to "actual playoff contender." But at least they've given you a reason to watch. That's more than their owner can say. Matt Dolloff is a writer and digital content producer for 98.5 The Sports Hub. Read all of his articles here. [select-listicle listicle_id="356195" syndication_name="milliken-the-evolution-of-tanner-houck-and-workload-concerns" description="yes"]

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