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Patriots Preseason Week 1 Impressions | The Lateral #52

LuZo Aug 8

Devers Continues Monstrous Start to Career

Since the retirement of Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, the Red Sox have been sort of underwhelming this year. They just seemed to lack that oomph. That larger-than-life personality to not only pace the batting order, but to be that gravitational force every team needs. That focal point. The guy you can point at and say, he leads us by example.

Chris Sale has been phenomenal and will be a finalist for the Cy Young at the very least.

The Sox have been in first place in the AL East for most of the year.

This isn’t a bad team. But this isn’t a David Ortiz-led team.

And the offense has missed Ortiz’s bat. No doubt about it. There’s no one in this lineup you can point to and say, ‘he’s going to bang 30 homers and drive in 100 runs.’ Mookie seemed to be that guy after last years brilliant campaign. But he’s not putting up those numbers this year. And the Sox offense is last in homeruns in the American League. LAST. When was the last time that happened with a Red Sox team?

On July 23rd, Rafael Devers was called up and to say he’s looked comfortable at the big league level is an understatement. At 20 years old (the youngest player in the Majors), he’s hitting .328 with 6 homers and 12 RBIs.

And Sunday night, he did something very Ortiz-esque. He took an Aroldis Chapman 103 mph fastball with two strikes in the bottom of the 9th, down one, and drove it opposite field into the bullpen to tie the game.

On Monday’s game against Cleveland, he belted two more homeruns, the first multi homerun game of his brief career so far.

It’s far too easy to place enormous pressure on young, budding superstars to come in and become saviors and heirs to legends and icons.

And this Sox team is littered with young, talented players who could become those superstars. But there’s something about effortless, opposite-field power that has stud written all over it.

At the very least, Devers is providing an exciting angle to the homestretch of this season. He’s already put his mark on the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry (have you seen that Yankee fan video reaction to Devers homer?). And maybe, just maybe, he can become the pulse of the Sox bats in the years to come. I, for one, am excited to see his career unfold.

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