The Boston Red Sox are eliminated from playoff contention, but Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts are playing as if the team is in the middle of October.
The youngsters have had their fair share of struggles this season, but both have turned up the heat in September, giving the Sox some much-needed hope for 2015.
Bogaerts is hitting .375 with a home run, five RBIs, three runs and four extra base hits over his last eight games. Betts, meanwhile, is hitting at a .366 clip with two home runs, eight RBIs and 10 runs scored in his last 10 games.
The Red Sox have a surplus of young prospects going into the offseason, and there’s a good chance they might have to move one or more of them in the winter.
The strong performances from Betts and Bogaerts benefit Boston in two ways. For one, it increases their trade value should the Sox decide to deal them. But more importantly, it gives the team some confidence in the development of its young players should it decide to keep them.