After a terrible first half of the Major League season, the Boston Red Sox have not started their second half the way they wanted. The Sox were swept this past weekend by the Los Angeles Angels, including dropping both games of a double-header. And now, Sox fans are starting to realize that this season may already be over.
The Sox went into the All-Star break with a little bit of momentum. Though they had dropped two of three games against the hated New York Yankees directly before the break, they were still playing probably their best baseball of the season. Before the series against the Yankees, they had won nine of 13 games, and were actually starting to make a small push toward the Wild Card, but now those dreams have quickly been wiped away.
As of yesterday afternoon, the Sox were nine games out of first place in the American League East, and 8.5 games out of a Wild Card spot, heading into a series against the Houston Astros. The team does not seem to be playing with any sense of urgency, and that is really the only way that a team in their position will have a chance of saving their season.
Throughout the season, there have been few things that have been seen as positive for the team. Eduardo Rodriguez was showing some signs of being a future ace for the team. But after having a great couple starts to begin his career, his results have fallen a large amount. In his most recent start, he gave up six hits and seven earned runs in only 1.2 innings pitched against the Angels.
Even the bigger names on the team have not been delivering. David Ortiz has only a .236 batting average, and a .327 on base percentage, both are well below his career averages. And Clay Buchholz has not pitched well all season, and is now on the DL with a right flexor strain.
So far, the only good thing that can be taken out of this season is the play of Brock Holt. Holt earned his first All-Star selection, and has been solid all season long. He also is the only player in the league that has hit for the cycle this season.
For all of us Red Sox fans, I think it is finally time to face the reality that our team just isn’t that good this season. There have been times that they have showed some promise, but just like Sox teams of the past, that is just their way of playing with our heads. So if for some reason the Sox start playing a bit better over a week or two period, I would say to not get your hopes up, because their play will probably start going back down at some point soon.