The Boston Red Sox have made a good start to the 2021 Major League Baseball season. And so, too, has slugger JD Martinez. The DH hit his sixth home run of the fresh season on Monday as part of a decisive 13-4 win over the Chicago White Sox that also saw Nathan Eovaldi improve his personal record to 3-1 on the mound thus far. Martinez’s homer came in the second inning and made it 7-1, but before then there had been plenty of action for the BoSox.
Kike Hernandez homered to begin the bottom of the first and a 14-pitch walk by Bobby Dalbec set up a huge six-run inning that essentially won the game right then and there for Boston. Alex Verdugo would hit his own solo blast in the third inning to push the score up even higher before Martinez rounded up the scoring in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single to center. That put him at 3-5 for the day and he’s hitting .383 (with the aforementioned six homers) so far. Not a bad way to start. Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 11-6 and top of the AL East, a good sign for them as many would not have predicted them to be. Whether they can maintain this start is the big question that much be answered.