The Boston Red Sox have been off since their game on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. They may have played a simulated intrasquad contest, but is that really enough to keep the offense hot going against a Tampa Bay team that has played two games over the past four days?
The Detroit Tigers only last season had five off days before the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. The offense looked horrible with an average below .200 and mustered only six runs in the four-game sweep for the Giants. Two of those games were shutouts and the runs in Game 1 came late in a blowout. The Tigers looked out of sync at the plate with the time off.
This 2013 Red Sox club may not be one of the flashiest offenses with the home run ball, but each at-bat is a grind and most of them make the pitcher work each and every plate appearance. That is what makes this lineup really different than the 2012 Tigers. The Red Sox will find a way to get on base and with runners on base, then the runs will come. Sure, it may be tough to get the walks with the Rays’ pitching staff, but the Red Sox will have a game plan going in to make the starters work for outs starting in the first inning. The Rays’ bullpen may be pretty good, but facing guys like David Price and Matt Moore for seven innings won’t be happening too often against the deep, fighting lineup of the Red Sox.
The ALDS should start sooner than five days after the end of the season, but this Red Sox squad should be able to be fine offensively going into Game 1 and Game 2 at Fenway Park this weekend. The rest came at the right time for the injured players to get back to 100 percent and really make the Red Sox the team to beat in the American League in 2013.