Ninety games completed.
Only seventy-two games to go. The Boston Red Sox are forty nine and forty one, nine games back of the New York Yankees in the AL East.
Things obviously haven’t gone the way the Red Sox or Red Sox Nation thought it would of gone this season. A constant struggle from the bullpen, a ton of mediocre starts from guys like Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, the ever revolving fifth spot starter. And a slow start from a offense that absolutely killed it last year.
But things could be a lot worse. The Red Sox could be a team like the Marlins or the Orioles. Or they could be a team like the Mets. Stuck in a revolving door of being bad. But they aren’t. This team is in contention for a Wild Card spot. They aren’t a bad team. They have the 2018 AL MVP. They have the potential 2019 AL Rookie of the Year. They could also have the potential 2019 AL MVP.
Heading into the break, the Red Sox finally gained much needed momentum. Winning the past two series after the London disaster, the Red Sox are picking up steam. Andrew Benintendi is starting to pick it back up. Mookie Betts is starting to come alive. The Ice Horse, Michael Chavis is finally out of his slump. Rafael Devers is hitting the ball as hard as ever now. Christian Vazquez is on pace for a career-high twenty five home runs.
Things are looking up. But that being said… these next few weeks are really going to make or break the Red Sox season. They start out facing the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have been killing it in the National League. Then have to see the Jays and Orioles before having the next fourteen games against the Rays and the Yankees.
I’ve said it before how this next stretch of games for the Red Sox are important for them. It’s never been more true then this time. We’ll see what this team really is by August. A day after the deadline, we’ll see if this Red Sox team plans on staying so-so or if they decide to be the team that won the World Series last year.
Happy All Star Break.
The Red Sox are also in the market for a starting pitcher, which could sure-up the problem with the fifth starter spot and Nathan Eovaldi’s impending return as a closer should seal up the 9th inning.