After the Red Sox roughed up potential off-season target Johnny Cueto en route to a 7-2 win on Friday, interim manager Torey Lovullo came out and said he still believes the team can make the playoffs. The 7-2 win on Friday marked the 4th straight victory, and brought them within 7 games of the 2nd Wild Card spot. It also brings them to 10 games under .500, which is the teams best mark since July 21st.
Torey Lovullo told NESN he believes in the team and also points to the fact that the Red Sox are not mathematically eliminated yet. He’s got a point, but the Red Sox would almost need to win out to have a chance to make the playoffs. Friday night’s win continued a trend of beating other team’s best pitchers, while Henry Owens pitched a great game in his 4th major league start.
I admire his confidence, really, but to even get that 2nd Wild Card spot they would have to leap frog 7 teams, which is hard enough. They would have to win while they hope for a collapse from the other teams to rival the Red Sox own collapse from 2011. In the division, they’re 11.5 games back and they would have to hope for a collapse that dwarfs their own from the Yankees, which won’t happen.
Yes, I really want to believe I’m wrong, but I’m also trying to keep this season in perspective. I hope they can pull it off, but it would take a miracle. Yes, I am praying for a miracle to happen, but a big part of me doesn’t really think it will happen. The best the team can do is control what they can and try to win as many games as they possibly can down the stretch. At this point, I just want the team to finish this season strong for John Farrell. That’s probably the best any of us can hope for. Anything else beyond that is gravy.