If I were to tell you at the beginning of this season that the Red Sox would more or less control their own destiny, in regards to a playoff spot, heading into the last six games of the year I think you’d be pretty happy with that. This team was expected to start contending next year, but has arrived a little earlier than expected.
When we realized this team was pretty good, there was a shift in expectations. We wanted the division. Were the Red Sox a better team than Tampa Bay? Probably not. However, the Red Sox spent so much time in first place during this memorable campaign that you could be forgiven for thinking they were.
The goal post has moved and that’s fine and good, but it doesn’t make this past weekend’s debacle against the Yankees at home any easier to swallow. Luckily for the Red Sox the aforementioned Bronx Bombers are in Toronto for a three game set before finishing the season in New York against the division kings, Tampa Bay. Their road to post season play is far from certain and will certainly be a taller task than at Baltimore and at Washington, which is what the Red Sox are looking at.
This team should make the playoffs and if they don’t there should be some finger pointing about who and what went wrong. I’m not letting Cora off the hook for the lack of urgency the Red Sox had this past weekend, but I’m also trying to give him credit for getting this group to this point. My feelings are a bit complicated.
Anyhow, sit back, chew your nails, drink some scotch, and try your best to enjoy this exciting final week of AL East baseball before the playoffs.
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