The Boston Red Sox have not been perfect. There have been a lot of ups and downs throughout the 2019 season. As we enter the final month of the season, it's time to look back and reflect on some individual success. Who has been a surprise this season for the Red Sox? Have there been any guys that could make a case for some bigger awards? That will all get answered right now. Let's take a look at the biggest surprises of the 2019 Boston Red Sox.
Rafael Devers has been probably the most pleasant surprise this season. People knew that Devers had a very good bat to offer the Red Sox lineup. But nobody, including myself, thought he would be this good. A lot of people are even whispering that Devers should be in the AL MVP conversation. With the numbers that he's putting up this season, they may have a point there. This season, Devers has 27 homeruns, 103 RBI's, a .324 batting average and a .953 OPS. Those numbers are pretty good if I do say so myself. The young left-handed hitting third baseman has proven that he can be a future number three hitter for this team in the years to come,
In a season where Chris Sale had been inconsistent and David Price has been hurt, Eduardo Rodriguez has come along quite nicely for the Red Sox. The ERA is still an issue, as it sits at 3.92. But, all things considered, he does have 15 wins. Granted, we all know that wins are not a testament to a good season by any means. But the fact that Rodriguez continuously pitches deep into ballgames is a huge asset for the Red Sox. If Chris Sale can come back healthy next season, David Price continues to be good, and Rodriguez can rack up a respectable amount of wins as a third starter; the Red Sox pitching staff can be dangerous as a whole come 2020.
The bullpen struggled mightily at the beginning of the season. However, they have cleaned things up and been productive for the past few months. One name in particular to pay attention to is left-handed relief pitcher Josh Taylor. Taylor has opened my eyes since the first time he took the mound for the Red Sox. He throws hard, and as a result has 50 strikeouts in 38 and 1/3 innings. He also only has 11 walks on the season, so that's not a terrible thing either. Smith has proven that this Red Sox team needed a strong lefty reliever, and he has done just that. I like Taylor a lot as a bullpen option in 2020.
There is a lot to be happy about with this year's Red Sox team. Sure, they may not be going back to the playoffs. But they have some guys that have made solid contributions on the season that can hopefully carry over to 2020. Fear not Red Sox fans! Once this team gets back to being fully healthy, and maybe sign/trade for another valuable piece along the way, this team will be back to competing for another World Series in no time.