Breaking the MVP and Home Run Streaks: How Tyler O’Neill Could be Key to Red Sox’s 2024 Playoff Run

Tyler O’Neill of the Red Sox has the potential to break a wild MLB record on Opening Day.

In the MLB offseason, the Boston Red Sox did not make significant additions to their roster. However, one player who could have a huge impact is veteran outfielder Tyler O’Neill. In 2021, he had an impressive season with the St. Louis Cardinals, hitting .286 with 34 home runs and finishing eighth in MVP voting.

One of the most interesting stats involving O’Neill is his streak of hitting a home run on Opening Day for the past four years. This ties a MLB record, and if he homers in the Red Sox’s 2024 season opener against the Mariners, he will set a new record. The only player with more Opening Day home runs in the last 10 years is Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees.

Despite his impressive opening day success, O’Neill has historically been a slow starter, with a career batting average of .228 in March and April combined. If he wants to help lead the Red Sox to compete for a playoff spot in 2024, he will need to start strong and contribute to a powerful offense under manager Alex Cora.

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