The Red Sox are 86-36, and an astounding 10.5 games ahead of the New York Yankees for a potential third straight division title. The Yankees themselves are 5.5 games ahead of the Mariners for a wild card slot. This means the Red Sox are 16 games up on the Mariners. With 40 games left to play, and the Red Sox being incredible, I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Red Sox are making the playoffs. Bold, I know.
With that said, however, there are a few questions over just who should play for the Red Sox in the playoffs. Even players who may appear to be locks on the surface, may not be. Players who one would put in the rotation, another may desire in the bullpen. Trust levels with different relievers varies, as expected. There’s the question of how much one will trust Rafael Devers in the playoffs, and whether playing Eduardo Nunez, and carrying a more versatile player on the bench is the better idea.
There are a lot of ideas out there, and I’m sure there’s more I cannot begin to fathom. But the Red Sox are also on a time limit. After the clock strikes midnight (ET) on the evening of August 31st, and we transition into September, the list of playoff eligible players locks. To be a playoff eligible player, the player in question must be on either the Red Sox active roster or Disabled List (but not be placed on the 60 day Disabled List after August 1st - which would mean Dustin Pedroia is out, as he was placed on the 60 day DL on August 4th) at that time.
So here it goes:
Who should be on the Red Sox playoff roster, and why? Is there a player in the minor leagues we should give a chance over the next two weeks, to see if they fit on the playoff roster? Any August trade candidates you think that can actually happen? Who gets cut from the playoff roster?
I look forward to seeing some differing opinions!