The American League East has been extremely active during the trade season, but the Boston Red Sox have finally gotten into the action. The first major trade for the Red Sox was for Power hitter Kyle Schwarber from the Washington Nationals.
Schwarber’s Big Power
Kyle Schwarber has became one of the premiere power hitters while with the Chicago Cubs and has added on even more during his short time with the Washington Nationals.
It took him a couple months to get it going this season, but when he started hitting he never stopped. On June 11th he only had nine home runs. At the end of June he was up to 25. He hit home runs at a pace that is rarely seen. In this article I outline in detail just how incredible of a stretch it was.
His overall career numbers speak to this success. He averages 126 hits, 21 doubles, 38 homers, 86 RBI’s, 79 walks, and a .233 batting average per season. Not all of his numbers are eye popping, but he can get on and drive home runs at a rather consistent basis. Obviously the most attractive stat is the huge home run numbers.
Unfortunately at the start of July he got injured and has been forced to sit out the majority of the month.
Rolling Red Sox
The Red Sox have been a surprising team this season as they sit at the top of the AL East with a 63-41 record. Their pitching and hitting has been working like a well oiled machine. Their entire pitching staff is nearly unhittable and their entire lineup cannot stop hitting. Both of those things make them extremely dangerous.
Schwarber is going to join an already elite outfield which consists of Hunter Renfroe, J.D. Martinez and Alex Verdugo. They have been in need of a fourth solid outfielder and they have been able to grab one of the best on the market.
The Red Sox sit only 1.5 games above the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the East. When Schwarber gets back to completely healthy he is going to make a major impact at the plate.
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