Welcome to a new week. The Boston Red Sox took two out of three from the Seattle Mariners over the weekend, improving to 52-27 this season, which has them tied with the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East, even though they have played four more games than their bitter rivals. The only other team with as many wins as the Red Sox this season are the Houston Astros, who are an identical 52-27.
Coming up this week, the Red Sox will, starting Tuesday, host the Los Angeles Angels, who have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games, before visiting the Yankees in a three-game set with big implications starting on Friday.
Before those series, the Sox have a day off, so here are some reading materials for this Monday without Boston baseball.
Because we know the Red Sox are a playoff team. (Mike Dowling; Forbes)
Mookie Betts is obviously crushing it from the leadoff spot, but could he be better utilized elsewhere? (Chad Jennings; The Athletic) ($$)
Even if he could be, Alex Cora has no plans to move him down anytime soon. (Christopher Smith; MassLive)
J.D. Martinez could have been a Red Sox earlier. (Adam London; NESN)
Mitch Moreland hit his 11th home run of the year yesterday, but he also has four triples. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)