With the instability of this 2019 team, Red Sox Nation must stay strong

Well, it hasn’t been a great year for the Boston Red Sox to state the obvious. Boston is just 1-6 in the month of August, losing nine of their last ten games. It’s been a tough two weeks for Boston and Red Sox Nation is beginning to unravel. At the root of this unstable 2019 team is inconsistent camaraderie.  With almost an identical roster to last year’s 118 win season, Boston doesn’t seem to be playing to their potential. With the 2019 season looking like a non-postseason squad, Red Sox Nation must stick to what makes them the best– togetherness.

Along with a team that has been atop the American League and the entire MLB for the past four seasons, comes the downfall of failed expectations and unfathomable struggles. Yes, this 2019 team has nearly the same roster as the 2018 team but Red Sox Nation shouldn’t have had high expectations this year. While it’s certainly easy to say, the facts speak for themselves. The Red Sox have never in their existence made the playoffs in four straight years. No organization in Major League Baseball has repeated as World Series champs since the 1998, 1999, 2000 Yankees (yes, that is painful to say)– the longest drought in league history. Some would say that repeating as world champions in this day in age is close to impossible, as today’s baseball is very different than the late 20th century.

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Looking at some positives, the Red Sox have a lot to be excited for in the upcoming years. Christian Vazquez, Brock Holt, and Andrew Benintendi all having strong years at the plate, ranking top five on the team offensively. MVP candidates Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers have put up insane offensive numbers, leading this Boston team in 2019. Let’s not forget about stud players Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez who rank just ninth and tenth in offense, which goes to show how great this lineup really is. Phenom Michael Chavis is having an incredible rookie season, batting .263 with 18 homers and 57 RBI’s. “The Ice Horse,” an AL rookie of the year candidate reminds me a lot of a more powerful Dustin Pedroia.

While the starting pitchers continue to struggle and the bullpen still tries to find their identity in mid-August, there are still some bright spots on this Red Sox pitching staff. Starter Eduardo Rodriguez leads the staff with a 4.19 ERA and a 13-5 record in 135 innings pitched this season. In the ‘pen, reliever Brandon Workman continues to impress with a 1.99 ERA and a 8-1 record in 51 games for the Sox.

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As it’s hard to look at this underachieving Boston Red Sox team, let’s remember what this manager, front office and roster did in 2018 as they were the best team in franchise history. Alex Cora, Dave Dombrowski and the front office put together a 2018 Red Sox roster that was one of, if not THE best team in baseball history. Let’s remember and sympathize how hard it really is to repeat as world champions. Let’s stick together and reflect upon a remarkable season and four World Series victories in just the past decade and a half. Most importantly, let’s stick together as Red Sox Nation, support the best organization in the world and continue to be die-hard Boston sports fans!

Remember what makes us the best fan base in all of sports. That’s simply a fact! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter– @iJordanMoore. Keep up with all things Boston featuring news, podcasts, articles & more by following the “Wicked Take” on Instagram and Twitter– @WickedTake.

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