Monday, June 2, 2014

Just so you know, my reverse-jinx fixed the Red Sox

Holt is now batting .337.
The Red Sox head into tonight's game in Cleveland only 2.5 games back of a playoff spot, and looking to become the first team in major league history to win 8 straight following a losing streak of 10 or more.  John Lackey will take the mound having thrown 13.1 consecutive scoreless innings spanning his past two starts.

After going through as brutal a stretch as I can ever remember, suddenly everything is working for Boston.

Once Dustin Pedroia got thrown out yesterday 5 of their 9 players were rookies (Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt, Alex Hassan and Garin Cecchini), including the top 3 in the batting order; and it didn't even matter.  Two of them (Hassan and Cecchini) collected their first big league hits in their major league debuts, and another (Holt) tied an MLB single-game record with 4 doubles.

Exactly one week ago at roughly 3:15 pm I wrote the following:

"Clay Buchholz just walked 8 guys in 3 innings, and the Red Sox are headed for their eleventh (I wrote the word out for added emphasis) straight loss. For Boston fans in need of a little sports pick-me-up..."

Immediately after I typed that sentence the Sox scored 5 runs in one inning and turned a 6-1 deficit into a 6-6 tie.  While editing the post I debated taking it out, but I decided to leave it in for good luck.  Boston ended up winning the game 8-6, and has been perfect ever since.

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