The Red Sox returned to North America after a not-so-pretty two contests in London on Tuesday and won a game, due in large part to Rafael Devers going 4 for 5 with two homers and six RBI. Xander Bogaerts was 2 for 5 with a double and RBI. It got me thinking ...
What team comes to mind if I ask who has the best left side of the infield in baseball?
It might be the Astros when Carlos Correa is healthy, as he teams alongside Alex Bregman. Maybe the Dodgers with a healthy Corey Seager along with Justin Turner. Maybe the Rockies with Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story or the Cubs with Kris Bryantand Javier Baez. Before Jose Ramirez was broken, he and Francisco Lindor had a case. The A's have a sneaky-great duo in Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien, too.
The best combo in baseball to this point in 2019 has been with the defending champs, though. It's kind of mind-blowing that the Red Sox could have anyone who is underrated, but both of them are. Neither are All-Stars while both deserve to be. Going by Fangraphs' version of WAR, shortstop Xander Bogaerts ranks fourth in all of baseball behind Cody Bellinger, Mike Trout and Christian Yelich. Third baseman Rafael Devers is 13th. Every player above Devers is an All-Star ... except Bogaerts.