Chris Young #30 of the Boston Red Sox, Andrew Benintendi #16, and Mookie Betts #50 celebrate their 8-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on April 11, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
The Red Sox aren't messing around. They started a nine-game road trip last night in Anaheim against an Angels team that had won seven straight and racked up six homers in a previous 10-1 thumping.
Boston's 14-2 record is the best in the MLB - only the second time the club's taken 14 of 16 to open a year - and its plus-51 run-differential is the best in baseball by double-digits.
Jackie Bradley Jr. can't help but admit this wasn't expected.
"We knew we were gonna be a good team. We knew we have a lot of talent, and we have a lot of guys who play the game the right way. Obviously, you go out there and you compete and let the games fall where they may. I don't think anybody could have predicted this hot of a start," Bradley Jr. said.
The Sox got the best of Shohei Ohtani last night, and they'll try for similar success against Tyler Skaggs in tonight's 10:07 start.
Skaggs is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA, but 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello has been almost equally dominant with a 3-0 record and 1.83 ERA.
Both will have to contend with one of the best offenses in the sport, and Porcello has a 5.82 career ERA at Angel Stadium. Skaggs hasn't faced the Sox since 2016.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman Reports