After today's 10-4 win over the Toronto, the Red Sox will head out west for a six-game road trip. And for the first time all season, they might actually be a little bummed about saying good bye to Fenway.
The Sox went 7-2 on this recent home stand, and in the process, worked their home record back to .500 for the first time since April 18. They're now five games above .500 (40-35) on the season, tied with Tampa for third in the AL East and only 4 12 games behind the division-leading Yankees (who just put two of their starting pitchers on the DL).
They're only 1 12 games out of the second wild-card spot.
They're in a groove, and the last thing anyone wants to do is pick up and head out West, where the games start at 10 o'clock and the toilets flush backwards.
However, there's one guy in that clubhouse who probably doesn't mind getting away. In fact, he'll probably benefit from it: Mr. Will Middlebrooks.
Kid picked a tough time to hit a slump, eh?
Now it's obviously crazy to make a huge deal about three games, especially when Middlebrooks is fresh off winning AL Player of the Week, but it's worth noting his numbers since Kevin Youkilis was shipped out of town:
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.