The Boston Red Sox are half a game out of first in the AL East and hold a three-game lead over the Blue Jays, but it sure doesn’t feel that way.
After quickly taking the first two of a four-game set against the Orioles, the BoSox blew the next two in dramatic fashion, then dropped a key series against Toronto. They won’t get much relief as they prepare to take on the Giants, who top the NL West at 35-24. Simply put, the Sox are at a crossroads now, and they can either sink further, or rise above and swim to victory.
Frankly, I fear it’s the former.
We knew the pitching staff would be a bit thin, but I don’t think anyone predicted that David Price would suck, that Clay Buchholz and Joe Kelly would get dropped from the rotation, or that Eduardo Rodriguez would get hurt and lose three miles on his fastball.
Not to mention that our bullpen, which was touted as the best in the AL, has been unimpressive and streaky at best.
In fact, the only good thing about this team is the offense and defense as the Sox rank among the tops in the AL in both categories, aside from that our team, well, kinda sucks. And it’s beginning to show. Now, either the pitching steps up, the Sox trade for a legit starter, or we meander our way to third place, miss the playoffs for the third straight year, and Papi plays his final game ever on October 3 as the Jays waltz their way to the Wild Card.
I don’t want that to happen, and the Sox don’t either, but it’s decision time and something has got to change if this team is going to win the pennant. We’re good, but far from good enough and it is starting to show.