The Red Sox season has been one to forget, until now? It's August 21st. There's 40 games left in the regular season.
Boston sits 8 games back of the second Wild Card position and 12.5 games back of the rival Yankees in the AL East. Somebody who hasn't watched the Red Sox all season would say their year is long gone.
Not Boston. There's no quit in this team. The Sox started a ten game homestand last weekend, starting off with the Mariners, then Indians, and finally the Royals. Boston took two out of three from Seattle, scoring an astronomical 37 runs in the first two games of the series.
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They then went on to take two of three from the Indians. Then last night, the Sox are hosting Kansas City for a four game set. The Sox got off to a good start scoring one in the first and then three more in the third before going on to win 4-1. That win marks a three game win streak for Boston, one short of their longest of the season.
Boston finishes the series with the Royals on Sunday, they then will head on a road trip to face the White Sox who, conveniently, sit just 2 games in front of the Sox in a tight Wild Card race. After that they head to the Big Apple to take on the Mets who have one of, if not the best young pitching staff in the entire league.
They enter September facing off against the Yankees at home. A big opportunity for Boston to gain precious ground. Boston's best chance will come September 4th, when they host the Phillies, who are currently battling it out with the Marlins for the cellar of the NL East.
Since the announcement of Cherington stepping down as GM of the Red Sox, Boston is 3-0. Dombrowski was introduced in Boston on Wednesday and we learned that he likes the young outfield trio of Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie betts, and Rusney Castillo.
That certainly could be a very formidable outfield in the years to come. Now comes the interesting part, what happens to Hanley Ramirez? I'll give you what I would do. Trade Pablo Sandoval and a bunch of prospects for Sonny Gray.
Oakland is looking to rebuild after a terrible two seasons so, if you give them prospects, they'll be willing to give up their best player. That makes room for a new third baseman and you can slide Hanley into that spot or Brock Holt. Dombrowski is the former GM of the Tigers and he's very good friends with David Price who's now in Toronto.
Price is a free agent at the end of the season and it's unlikely Toronto will be willing to pay him because of all the big names they have. Maybe Dombrowski will be able to lure the former Cy Young winner to Boston. If indeed Price does sign with the Sox, this is a possible 2016 rotation.
Now that is what I call a playoff rotation. Boston's lineup could be just as lethal. Here's what it could look like
1. Betts CF
2. Pedroia 2B
3. Castillo LF
4. Ortiz DH
5. Ramirez/ Holt 3B
6. Bogaerts SS
7. Shaw 1B
8. Bradley Jr. RF
9. Vazquez C
It's no doubt that Boston as a team and a city as a whole were very shaken up when John farrell announced he had lymphoma last week. Ever since then, Boston has been on a mission. Dominating each team in their path and winning their last two series. If Boston continues this path they're on, they could wind up making this interesting in late September.
Wild Card frenzy
Entering today, Boston sits 8 games back of the second Wild Card, currently held by the LA Angels. This is how the Wild Card looks.
Toronto 66-55 +3
Angels 63-58 -
Baltimore 62-58 .5
Texas 61-59 1.5
Minnesota 60-61 3
Tampa Bay 60-61 3
Detroit 59-61 3.5
Chi White Sox 56-63 6
Cleveland 56-64 6.5
Seattle 56-65 7
Boston 55-66 8
Oakland 53-69 10.5
The teams in bold are the teams Boston will face before the season is over. They have multiple series with Toronto, Baltimore, and Tampa Bay as they are in the same division. If Boston can continue this hot stretch, let's just say September could get very interesting.
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