• Jarren Duran providing a spark the Red Sox have been missing out of the leadoff spot

    7 days ago - By Boston Herald

    When the Red Sox aren't playing well, Xander Bogaerts usually knows why.
    “We need to score first and give the pitchers some breathing room,” he said in early May, and says often when the Sox are in an extended slump.
    Scoring first in baseball matters more than we often think. Bogaerts' reasoning is simple: the starting pitchers don't feel the pressure.
    The Red Sox are 29-16 when they score first and 10-15 when they don't.
    Finding a leadoff hitter who is getting on base is Step 1, and the Red Sox have struggled in that regard for most of the season. They have a .291 on-base percentage out...
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