After last night’s depressing loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Red Sox have lost their first series since late June. Despite how our hearts may feel and what local Boston radio may tell you, the Boston Red Sox are still in a good position to make a postseason push.
Let’s look at the standings right now: (via MLB.com)
The Realistic View:
The Red Sox are 10 games back of first place. The arch rival New York Yankees just don’t seem to lose any games… ever. The good thing for Boston is that the Sox have the most home games of any MLB team during the second half of the season. We also have to think too- there are still 100 games left (okay, 99 but I rounded up) in the season. That’s a crap load of games and A LOT of time left for the Sox to make up some ground in the AL East. Now, am I saying that the Red Sox are going to win the division? Absolutely not because that’s just not realistic right now. Boston isn’t playing up to their ability and the Yankees just seem to catch every break that they possibly can.
Like I said before, the Red Sox have the most home games of any MLB team in the second half of the season. The bad thing is that the Red Sox are a mediocre 21-24 when playing at Fenway Park this season (a better 29-19 when away). Why is this? My best sense at dissecting the matter is that Boston has not had a true long home stand to get comfortable and stay on track since the middle of May. People forget that we gave up 2 Yankee home games at the end of June so that we could go across the Pond to London for five days just to get swept by the enemy. Let this team get comfortable, find out their strengths and get hot over the next couple of home stands. The Sox play their next 23 out of 35 games at Fenway.
The Red Sox are in a great position. I cannot state this enough. Everything in Boston’s future is in their hands. The Sox control their future and their own destiny which is something a lot of American league (and National league) teams would kill for. Only 2.5 games back of the wild card and over 90 games left on the schedule?
I’ll take my chances with this star studded Boston team. Will they need to step it up? Absolutely. Chris Sale needs to pitch how he’s capable of pitching. But with Nathan Eovaldi coming back to holster down the back end of the bullpen, new acquisition Andrew Cashner added to the starting rotation, Boston has their best shot at getting hot at the right time and making a postseason run.
Panic has ensued over a game in which the Sox lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers- the best team in baseball (record wise) in extra innings nonetheless. C’mon people, it isn’t that serious. It’s baseball. EIGHT. Yes, eight of the next eleven series are against AL East opponents. Believe it or not, Boston is in the drivers seat over the next eleven series and I like their chances.
A healthy, potent offensive lineup? A new addition to the rotation in order to liven things up? A stud added to the back end of the bullpen to close out games? I’ll take this Boston Red Sox team over anyone else in the East.
Call me crazy but deep down you know I’m right. 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.