Don’t press the panic button just yet. It seems every time the Red Sox lose a series, we all have to tell ourselves this. In the midst of a season-high four-game losing streak, the Red Sox are in their biggest slump of the year. After the Rays swept them, Boston went from a 1.5-game lead in the division to trailing by the same margin. Thankfully the Red Sox schedule in August will provide them plenty of chances to rack up wins against some the American League’s worst teams.
With 12 games scheduled against teams below .500 and their series against AL East opponents spread apart, Boston can finally take a breath after 16 straight games against the Blue Jays, Yankees and Rays. That was their toughest stretch of the season and they managed to remain in second place.
Last Place Teams Make Trip to Fenway
Boston is scheduled to play the Orioles, Twins, and the Rangers; the three last place teams in the AL. The Twins and Rangers got even worse than they already were after selling at the trade deadline. Texas traded their home run leader Joey Gallo to New York and pitchers Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy to Philadelphia. Meanwhile Minnesota sent designated hitter Nelson Cruz to the Rays and shipped their ace Jose Berrios to Toronto.
The Red Sox should take full advantage of playing these teams and hopefully put some pressure on the Rays to keep winning as well.
Even though the Red Sox have 12 games against Toronto, New York, and Tampa, none are back-to-back. This will give Boston the opportunity to set their rotation before ahead of time. Boston’s two remaining series feature the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians. Both teams hover around .500 but aren’t making any big playoff push.
The last two and a half weeks of July were brutal and ended on a sour note. Luckily the team survived and is that much closer to the return of Chris Sale who will be huge down the stretch. The Red Sox schedule will give them a little more room for error. If the lineup can find its form against some weaker pitching, Boston will be perfectly set up when it comes time to play the Rays and Yankees again.