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Boston Red Sox Clinch AL East
- Updated: September 29, 2016
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Boston Red Sox clinch AL East after loss to Yankees
With a Toronto Blue Jays loss on Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox clinched the AL East. Even though Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly gave up a walk-off grand slam to Mark Teixeira, handing the Sox a 5-3 loss, the celebration was not hampered at all.
This is what manager John Farrell told his club after the loss:
“I told them, don’t let one inning take away from what they’ve done for seven full months. They’re AL East champions, we’re AL East champions, and we’ve got a lot of work left ahead of us. But one inning should not take away from the fact that we’re champions.”
The grand slam that Teixeira hit was the first walk-off home run of his career which is fitting considering he is retiring at the end of the season.
Another player retiring at the end of the season is David Ortiz. Thursday will mark “Big Papi’s” last game at Yankee Stadium. Now that the Red Sox have the division locked up, it will be a time to reflect for Papi.
Ortiz has not disappointed this season as he is hitting .316 with 37 home runs and 124 RBI’s. He is a big reason this Red Sox offense is the best in baseball.
As a team, the Red Sox have scored 868 runs which ranks 1st in the majors, but their dominance goes further than that. They also rank 1st in team batting average at .284 and first in team slugging percentage at .465. There is no doubt that this offense can score runs in a hurry which will put pressure on opposing pitchers in the playoffs.
The Red Sox pitching has also been very good this season. They have a potential Cy Young winner in Rick Porcello to go along with David Price. Porcello leads the team with a 3.11 ERA while Price leads the team with 224 strikeouts. With this one-two punch at the top of their rotation, it will be tough for teams to get ahead in a 5 or 7 game series.
This is a Red Sox team that has won 92 games this season, most of the credit goes to the offense. No one expected David Ortiz to hit .316 in his final season but he is doing it. He may just lead this team straight to a World Series title in 2016. That would be the ultimate way to end the wonderful career of David Ortiz.