Bobby Valentine had high praise for reliever Andrew Miller, who has been particularly effective out of the bullpen.
Entering Monday's action, Miller was 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA, limiting opposing hitters to a .172 average. Since May 30, Miller has pitched to a 1.04 ERA, allowing just one earned runs over his last 12 outings, covering 8 23 innings.
Miller is averaging more than a strikeout per innings (20 in 19 innings of work).
Perhaps most impressive is that Miller has stranded 16 of 18 inherited runners --- second-best in the American League -- and retired 22-of-23 first batters faced.
"He's been one of the MVPs of our bullpen," said Valentine. "He's been able to be durable and consistently good. He's a presence now out of our bullpen, throwing 96 mph with a very good breaking ball. He's been effective because our Triple-A (coaches) did a fabulous job eliminating his windup and any other motion he had in his stretch. His efficiency in his delivery has allowed him to be very efficient in the strike zone."
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.