The legend of October Devers continues to grow
Rafael Devers’ two-homer game propels Red Sox to first Wild Card game in franchise history
The Red Sox are going to their first Wild Card game in franchise history on the back of Rafael Devers.
In a late-game display of heroism reminiscent of mentor David Ortiz, Devers threw a two-run homer in the 9th inning to give the Red Sox a 7-5 lead they would hold until the very end.
Big Papi was as excited as everyone in Red Sox Nation:
It was Devers’ second home circuit; a solo shot gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead they would soon waste on a combination of stranded runners and poor throws. They had to come back from a 5-1 deficit to win Game 162 and cement their first Wild Card spot.
The Sox will now host the Yankees at Fenway Park for their first Wild Card game in franchise history. The last time the Sox secured a spot for the Wild Card was before the current model, when there was only one team entering the ALDS fray.
It was the culmination of a season that was to go nowhere. Ahead of the season, many electrical outlets from Sports Illustrated to Baseball America chose the Red Sox to finish fourth in the division. A to place even went so far as to call them “the most boring Red Sox group of the past 20 years”.
Rafael Devers’ October exploits began in ALDS 2017
The clutch coming in October is nothing new for Devers. In his rookie season in 2017, the third baseman was an ALDS playoff hero against the Houston Astros. In the four-game series, the youngest MLB player at the time was 4-for-11 with three runs scored, two homers and five RBIs. One of his home runs was a inside the park shot that made him the youngest player in MLB history to hit one in a playoff game.
Devers also played a pivotal role in the 2018 playoffs, reaching .294 / .351 / .382 with a .734 OPS, 10 hits, one homerun, seven runs scored and nine RBIs in 11 games between the ALDS. and the World Series. The following season, the Red Sox missed the playoffs, but Devers led the American League in doubles and led all MLB bases.
Without Devers, the Red Sox wouldn’t play their first Wild Card game this week. It would seem that he really is built for october.