Going into this season, who would have thought that knuckleballer Steven Wright would have the fourth best ERA in all of baseball? After last night's 5-1 victory over the Yankees, Steven Wright finished the night with a 1.52 ERA, behind only Jordan Zimmerman, Jake Arrieta and Jose Quintana. Wright has allowed seven total earned runs in his six starts, and appears to be a legitimate MLB pitcher, not just a 6th man or a spot starter in a rotation. I'm not saying that Steven Wright is the next Roger Clemens, but, according to Baseball Reference, over Wright's last 28 outings, he has a 3.07 ERA. Not bad.
The other big performance of the night came from the Large Father himself, David Ortiz. He launched two home runs into the right field bleachers on the night, passing Carl Yastrzemski for second most in Red Sox history, trailing only Ted Williams. Ortiz now ranks second in the American League in home runs (9) and RBIs (27), trailing only Robinson Cano. Is this guy really going to retire after this season?
The Red Sox were able to salvage the last game of this series, and were able to go 3-3 on this road trip. While some would consider this Yankees series a failure (myself included), the road trip as a whole was very successful and told us something about this team: they are a legitimate threat in the American League.
The Red Sox now come home to Fenway for a series against the Oakland Athletics. Stay tuned for a game preview later on tonight...