Over the course of this offseason, to fill a bit of a void in the 8:00 timeslot we’re going to be looking at the rest of the league through a Red Sox lens. While we’d love for there to be Red Sox news on a daily basis, that just won’t be the case. So, we’ll rely on the rest of the league to do things and try to figure out how that affects Boston’s present, future and past. The plan is for this to be a daily feature, but I won’t lie to you. I can already say with near-certainty that there will be days where either I straight-up forget or there just isn’t news and I can’t bring myself to force something to write something. January/February is dead, after all. So, this will be a mostly-daily feature. For the next few weeks, of course, most of the focus is going to be on the postseason.
Yankees force a Game Five
Well, as if Monday couldn’t get any worse after the Red Sox were eliminated, the Yankees came out and forced a Game Five against Cleveland. Some shoddy defense on the part of the Indians certainly played a big role in this win, but New York also got a big bounceback outing from Luis Severino after he imploded to start the Wildcard Game. What does this mean for the Red Sox? Their division rival, the team who finished behind them in the standings, could end the year on a higher note. They’ve already technically made it one game farther than the Red Sox, but it would be a bit of a blow to see this Yankees team that was supposed to be in a bridge year make it to the ALCS while the Red Sox sit at home. This is going to be a fun new era of this rivalry, but we don’t need the Yankees taking the first step forward.
Dodgers advance to the NLCS
Over in the National League, after many of us went to bed, the Dodgers went out and completed their sweep of the Diamondbacks with a 3-1 victory in Arizona. This marks the end of what should be the first of many runs into the postseason for a team led by former Red Sox coach Torey Lovullo and former Red Sox front office member Mike Hazen. The Diamondbacks were one of the most surprising and impressive teams in baseball this year, and while they had an early exit this is clearly a positive step in the right direction for the franchise as a whole. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are led by Dave Roberts, so they are at least a team the Red Sox can get behind. Also, remember when the Dodgers celebrated in Arizona’s pool and everyone freaked out? The DBacks guarded the pool on Monday.
Cubs take a 2-1 lead
The Cubs and Nationals was, heading into the Division Series, easily the one that appeared the most competitive. Both of these teams had been here before and both had a ton of talent on their roster. The series has not disappointed to this point, and the Cubs got to the Nationals bullpen on Monday to leave with a 2-1 series lead. What does this mean for the Red Sox? Well, for one thing, there are a lot of old friends on the Cubs, so that’s nice. They also have Joe Maddon, though. That’s not nice. On top of that, it’s feasible that the Nationals could do something drastic if they get eliminated early yet again this season. I’m not sure any big trade from that roster would involve the roster — Bryce Harper ain’t walking through that door — but it would add another fun element to the upcoming offseason.