By Alex Lefkowitz (Sports Editor).
With the Toronto Blue Jays loss to the Baltimore Orioles, the Boston Red Sox celebrated their third AL East title since 2007 last night, despite a loss at Yankee Stadium.
As the season comes to a close, the Red Sox are in contention to claim home field advantedge throughout the playoffs. With a current record of 92-66, they sit 1.5 games behind the leading Texas Rangers.
Getting home field advantage not only gives the team a competitive advantage, but also gives the fans their last few opportunities to see David Ortiz play.
The entire 2016 season has seen people all around the MLB honor Big Papi; from Baltimore giving him the phone he smashed to pieces, to the Red Sox giving him a life size lego statue. Even though it is the 40 year old’s final season, he is playing at the caliber of a superstar in his prime. With a current .318 batting average and 37 home runs, he is in contention to be the league’s MVP.
The Red Sox team compliments Papi’s veteran presence with an an abundance of young talent. No young player on this team has shined more than Mookie Betts. Betts is another player currently in the MVP talks, as he has a .320 batting average with 31 home runs. Other young standouts include shortstop Xander Bogaerts and Outfielder Andrew Benintendi.
Going into this season, the Red Sox acquired ace David Price. After signing a 7 year, 217 million dollar contract, he had lofty expectations. Despite a poor start to the year, Price has rebounded. Price, along with the MLB wins leader Rick Porcello lead a strong pitching staff for the Sox.
With an offensive attack that can put 10 runs up on any given night and a pitching staff that has only improved as the season progressed, Boston will be one of the favorites to win the “October Classic.”
For any people that like to say history repeats itself, the past two times the Red Sox have won the AL East, they have gone on to win the world series.