Red Sox manager John Farrell knew that Mike Napoli‘s uppercut, right-handed swing would fit in perfectly in Fenway Park’s unique dimensions when he brought in the former Texas Ranger over the winter. But it’s doubtful that even Farrell could have predicted just how productive his new first baseman has been.
After a five-RBI effort Monday night, Napoli has now driven in a major-league high 25 runs this season, putting him on pace to shatter his career high of 75 set in 2011.
And with the return of David Ortiz, the pleasantly surprising power of Daniel Nava and signs that Will Middlebrooks — who homered Monday for the first time since April 7 — may finally be emerging from his near-month-long slump, this year’s roster has a chance to become the best power-hitting club Boston has seen since the days of Manny Ramirez.
“The last 10 days, his swing has become much more compact,” Farrell said of Napoli. “With David hitting in front of him, I’m not going to say that makes opposing pitcher p...