Who would’ve known that April 20th, 2019 was the day the Red Sox season finally turned around?
On that day, a 23-year-old Michael Chavis was promoted from AAA Pawtucket and made his major league debut, and since that day the team has finally begun to win some games and look like a competent ball club.
I wrote during spring training that Michael Chavis was the greatest hitting prospect that we have ever seen, and some folks called me out for being a little hyperbolic. Well, since being called up, Chavis has proven my claims correct. In his 15 games in Boston, Chavis is hitting .333 with an 1.186 OPS and is slugging over .700 right now. He currently leads all American League rookies in Batting average, slugging percentage, OBP, OPS, walks, and is second in home runs. He’s only been on the team for a little over two weeks but is second on the Red Sox in home runs.
How has the team been doing since Chavis’ debut? Actually, very good. Since his debut on April 20th, the team is 10-5 and has gone from being seven games under .500 to 17-18 and being third in the division.
Is Michael Chavis responsible for the teams recent hot streak? It’s hard to say. But, during the past seven games, where Chavis is hitting .464 with an OPS over 1.400, the team is 6-1. COINCIDENCE????? I think not.
Could it be Chavis’ well-documented Christian faith bringing a sort of divine intervention to this previously dumpster fire of a team? Who’s to say.
All I know is the team just beat the bejesus out of the Chicago White Sox, the offense is clicking, the starting pitching, which was making my hair turn gray during the first two weeks of the season, has suddenly begun to perform as advertised, and the bullpen is……. Whatever.
Did Michael Chavis fix the Boston Red Sox? I’m going to go ahead and say yes because you show another valid reason why they’re playing well.
The Ice Horse is our savior. 11:11 forever.
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