BOSTON – For all that has gone right for the Red Sox so far this season – and there was a lot – one big problem that manager Alex Cora had was finding a productive striker.
Kiké Hernández received the longest trial start of 37 matches. Marvin Gonzalez, Danny Santana and Michael Chavis are others to look into.
In game № 60 for the season, Cora could finally find her man. Christian Arroyo looked like a striker in Monday’s 5-3 victory over Marlins at Fenway Park.
Arroyo started a rally with a double to the right at the bottom of the third and set off a home motorcycle when Alex Verdugo followed with a double on the day the Red Sox won their winning streak to five games.
Inning later, Arroyo and Verdugo again looked like a comfortable 1
Later in the game, Arroyo took a walk and did a great dive at second base to repel Jorge Alfaro.
Arroyo’s performance, even for just one game, was a significant development for a team that entered the day with the following figures from the lead spot: A .241 average (21st in MLB), .291 percent based on 26th ) and 40 tracks (equal to the 13th).
At some point this season, Jaren Duran’s potential for electrification could arrive in Fenway and become a striker. But it is still too early to know when this will be or how quickly it may have an impact.