Forget the Astros. Forget whatever losers are coming out of the National League. At their peak, they're not as good as the 2018 Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox overcame an early one-run deficit Sunday (as they always do) against the Orioles to collect their 13th win in 15 games this season.
Now, 15 games is only just over nine percent of the MLB's 162-game season, but in that time, the Red Sox have proven that they should be World Series favorites as the Summer continues.
And if you want to call the bullpen a weakness, you must be forgetting closer Craig Kimbrel.
The 13-2 record to start the season is the best in Red Sox history. If you know anything about baseball, you know that's a lot of elite-level history to overcome.
The Red Sox, who were projected to finish second behind the power-heavy Yankees in the AL East, have proven to be nearly unbeatable. To start that hot, a lot of factors play into the success. However, there are specific players that are making a noticeable impact early on.
For starters, Hanley Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts, who suffered down seasons in 2017, have both started white hot this year. Bogaerts has since moved to the 10-day DL, but long term is showing signs of producing a far better season than 2017's injury-marred campaign.
In Bogaerts' absence, Hanley Ramirez has picked up the extra slack.
Hanley Ramirez laces a 5,000 MPH 2-run HR as the Red Sox jump out to a 3-0 lead pic.twitter.com/58EpMLw8M3— Boston Sports Info (@bostonsportsinf) April 14, 2018
Then there is the starting pitching. Going into this weekend against Baltimore, the Red Sox rotation had been nearly untouchable.
Not too bad.
If these trends continue and players like Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez continue to heat up, while Kimbrel remains one of the best closers in baseball, the Red Sox should be World Series favorites.
I mean, geez, things aren't even fully going right for them so far. Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi have started slow. And the machine keeps on chugging along.
Who's playing for second?