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Ahh typical Boston Red Sox, either struggling or being amongst the best of the best, no in between. Are they actually elite? Or are they just simply a nice and boring “good” team? This up and down season continues. At times, the Red Sox look like they will never lose a game again, and then there’s other times when you’d think they were a below .500 team. Their showing against the Yankees was just actually brutal if we’re being honest here. It was bad, VERY bad. It’s almost like the Red Sox were playing the series as if they were satisfied with a 5.5 game lead in the division. Sure the pitching wasn’t all that great, mainly talking about Pomeranz, who can’t go deeper than 5 innings, and Chris Sale who just didn’t have it in the season finale against the Yankees in arguably his most important start of the year. Also, this isn’t just about the pitching . Where the heck is the offense? Aside from the endless pop ups and great defense, Mookie Betts is nowhere to be found, which is so disappointing after his sensational season last year. Xander Bogaerts has been benched for the past few games because his bat hasn’t touched that white, spherical ball with the red laces in a good while. Chris Young can’t hit lefty pitchers, which is literally his only job to do. The 20 year old Rafael Devers, has slowed down mightily which was somewhat expected. Afar from the three homers in the past few games from the seven hole, Hanley Ramirez is getting called out on pitches right down the middle left and right. Dude what are you looking at? The Sox bats’ were 1 for 27 with runners in scoring position in the pivotal series against the Yankees, are you freaking kidding me? Swing the bats!
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The bullpen I thought did an okay job, besides Addison Reed last night who to be fair got robbed by Sam Holbrook. Holbrook straight up missed two pitches that were well in the strike zone. In the end though, you have to bounce back and Reed most definitely did not. Allowing a bases clearing double to put the game out of reach to Starlin Castro, then oh yeah the Judge homerun to put the icing on top of the cake for the Yankees. Let’s give credit to where credit’s due though. The Yankees played like a team that’s ready to overtake the Red Sox for first place. They knew they had to win, and they simply just got the job done. “Don’t bunt on me” Sabathia was great, Tanaka and Severino were phenomenal. The pitchers for the Yankees stepped up big and they needed to, as well as the offense, specifically Chase Headley, Matt Holliday, and Gary Sanchez. Although, Joe Torre did take his sweet time handing out suspensions to Gary Sanchez and backup catcher Austin Romine from their sucker punch fest and shoving match fight against the Detroit Tigers. Really not trying to exaggerate here, but as Sox fans, we can’t help to think about the collapse in 2011. I mean c’mon, this is the time of the year where you’re supposed to be at your best, and the Red Sox just aren’t. By no means are the Red Sox playoff chances dwindling, I’m just saying there’s some reasons to panic. This team isn’t hitting or pitching at the moment, but things are maybe about to change in a positive way. Looking at both the remaining schedules of the Yankees and Red Sox, things look good for the Sox. They play very well versus the Blue Jays, their record is 10-3 against them this year. They’ll also see the Rays, Athletics, Reds, Orioles, and the Astros. The Yankees will get the Orioles, Rangers, Twins, Blue Jays, and Royals. With all those teams still in it for the second wild card, except for the Blue Jays. Thanks to the Yankees taking 3 out of 4, the schedule is about the only positive thing you can look at right now. As for head to head matchups between the Sox and Yankees, that was it. Perfect way to end it from a Sox perspective, am I right? If the Yankees are going to make a run they’ll have to depend on other clubs to beat the Red Sox, while taking care of their own business.
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The Red Sox will look to turn things around at Fenway park tonight behind starter Rick Porcello against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees will look to continue playing great baseball against the hot Orioles as they take on Dylan Bundy behind their starter Jordan Montgomery in a daytime showdown. The Yankees just made things a lot closer, it will be interesting to see how things play out. If you’re a baseball fan, this month should be the most exciting. Close division races and wild card races, plus player awards. Buckle your seatbelts, it’s going to be a fun month.