The Boston Red Sox have a huge hole to climb out of in the AL East with 9.5 games between them and the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles and only 67 games to go in the season. With that being said, the Red Sox have plenty of games against the AL East remaining, including six against the pesky O’s during the month of September. The time to make some ground up is now.
As the trade deadline looms larger over the next couple of weeks, the Red Sox will need to play well above .500 to get back into the playoff race, specifically the AL East. With 13 of the 16 games after the All-Star break being against their division, the Red Sox have a shot of making up ample games before the team makes it to the stretch run. The Red Sox do have 10 of 13 against division opponents before the trade deadline and those games are key on whether this team will sell or buy at the non-waiver trade deadline.
Now, it will be very difficult to get back into this race, but the Red Sox have shown signs of life thanks to the youthful additions to the everyday lineup. They finished 4-1 over the final five games. Sure, it was against the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros, but the team finished fourth in MLB over those five contests in OPS, which has not happened over another five-day stretch this season for the Red Sox.
This team will need to keep on pitching the way it has since Opening Day in order to keep the offense afloat when the struggles from the younger players occur, but, if the offense can resemble the 2013 even for a small stretch, then the Red Sox might have some meaningful games come September. Mike Napoli, David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia all need to step up to make this happen.
But it all starts with the final two weeks of July.