Are you kidding me? This past Yankees/Sox series might have been the most frustrating regular season Red Sox series EVER. This team has a real problem finishing games, and that will ultimately be the reason this team doesn’t make a deep playoff run. If they even make the playoffs. As of now, yes they are a playoff team. However, do they really look like a playoff team? The obvious answer is no.
The Red Sox should have won this series pretty easily, but now? The Yankees are only 3 games back of The Sox in the standings. The Yankees are not a good team. They unloaded at the trade deadline by trading, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, and Carlos Beltran. New York pretty much waved the white flag at the deadline, and now they have hope. I’m not saying The Yankees are a threat in the division or the wild card. The point is these are the games you have to win when you’re fighting for a playoff spot.
The Red Sox had a lead going into the 7th inning in all 3 games of the series. They lost two of those games. The one game they did win, they walked the bases loaded in the ninth. This Red Sox bullpen is putrid. It seems like they can’t get anyone out, especially when there are guys on base. It seems like this pitching staff has no guts. They can’t get the big strikeout when the pressures on, it seems like they get tight and timid.
This series wasn’t all the pitching staffs fault. What happen to the offense? Just about a month ago they were crushing the baseball. Now? They have 2 hits in their last 29 attempts with the bases loaded. This offense is much to talented to go into slumps like this. Speaking of slumps, why does it seem the whole team goes in one giant slump at the same time? It seems like this team is lacking confidence right now. They could really use a benches clearing brawl to wake them up, or you know they could fire the manager.
They start a 3 game series with Arizona tonight, it’s safe to say sweeping The Diamondbacks is a must. Especially with the tough road games on the horizon.