In the months of June, the Red Sox went an awful 10-16. During that span, the Orioles have opened a 5.5 game lead over the once first place Boston Red Sox, and the Blue Jays have suddenly found an identity (and are currently tied with the Sox for second place). Obviously, this does not bode well for Boston, and the excitement at the beginning of the season is now slowly being replaced with a feeling of dread.
One bit of good news for the Red Sox is that they are tied for first place in the AL Wild Card race. The Royals and Astros are both only a half game behind, however.
Looking ahead to July, the Sox will kick off the month by taking on the Angels in Boston for a three game set, followed by a four game series against the Rangers. The Red Sox will look to build momentum against a sinking Los Angeles team before doing battle against Texas.
At the moment, the LA Angels sit at 32-47, and are in last place in the AL West. This is a series the Red Sox will be looking to sweep, and hopefully gain some ground on both the Wild Card race and the AL East race.
To finish out the month, the Red Sox will play Tampa Bay (at home, 3 games), the Yankees (away, 3 games), San Francisco (home, 2 games), Minnesota (home, 4 games), Detroit (home, 3 games) and the Angels again (away, 4 games).
The Red Sox will willingly accept a seemingly easier month, as they play four teams that currently sit at .500 or below.
Dave Dombrowski is expected to be active at the trade deadline, and will hopefully acquire starting pitching that will propel the Red Sox to the postseason, one way or another. Price, who has had nothing short of a roller-coaster of a season thus far, has stated to the media that he knows he can play at a higher level, and most expect him to rebound in a good way in the second half of the season.
If the Red Sox can figure out starting pitching, and can come away with a good record in the month of July, they should once again find themselves near the top of their division. Keep in mind that the Red Sox still lead the majors in runs scored (434), batting average (.286), and on-base percentage (.354). They also have several players who are leading in All-Star polling at their respective positions (Ortiz, Bogaerts, JBJ, and Betts). This team can rebound, and quickly. It is not yet time to panic in Boston, but it is a good time to remember how long the Major League Baseball season is.