Yes, you saw that headline right. I am officially giving up on 2016 Red Sox season. They are 11 games above .500 and do have a one game lead over the Houston Astros for the second wild card spot. The Sox have also scored 43 more runs than any other team in major league baseball. David Ortiz is in the top 5 in the American League in all three major batting categories. The three young guns, Xander Boegarts, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. are all performing to their potential. The knuckleballer (Steven Wright) who was not supposed to make the team has 12 wins. Even Rick Porcello is 13-2 and tied for third in the American League in wins. Despite all of this good, the Red Sox are still not worth getting your hopes up for.
In April, if I would have been told that all of those things I just mentioned would be true in late July, I would think that the Red Sox would be running away handedly with the AL East, but instead they are hanging on for dear life in the second wild card position. In their last 36 games, 27 of them were at home. They only finished that stretch two games above .500. That can not happen if you have any hopes of making the playoffs. Especially since The Sox play 42 of their last 63 games on the road which includes two 11 game road trips.
They Sox have shown no resilience this year. They have a 3-36 record when trailing after the 7th inning. For a team with this much fire power, it is unacceptable. This team’s real issue is pitching. We all know that, but is it even worse than we think. Steven Wright, your most consistent pitcher so far this year, is coming back to earth as all knuckleballers do. John Farrell even said they may have to bench him if the conditions are not ideal. In games the Sox score four runs or fewer, they are only 8-31 this year. That’s not a winning formula down the stretch when you have to win games. If the Sox do happen to make a wild card spot, is David Price going to win them the big game? He is the biggest reason the Sox will ultimately fail. He has consistently shown that he can not handle the pressure of Boston or any big moment. Price and his 4.5 Era put the Sox in this spot, and I doubt that it will get them out of it. These 2016 Red Sox have shown so much promise, but yet they are still so far away.
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