The Boston Red Sox are in last place in the AL East and are legitimately one of the worst teams in MLB. They’re 13-21 and can’t hit worth a lick, with a team OPS of .644. The pitching is solid, but they’ve had to be perfect for the Sox to win ballgames. The pitching staff does not have the talent to be that good. It’s looking like a lost season for Alex Cora’s team, with or without his beard.
The Red Sox have a very soft schedule over the next month or so. There’s no denying they’ve been a disappointment so far, but they have had a tough schedule to start the season. The next month of baseball offers an opportunity to get their season back on track.
They start a three-game series at home against the Astros today. That’ll be tough. After that though, they’ll get the White Sox and Mariners, who have also been underachievers this season, followed by the Orioles, Reds, and A’s. Those five teams have a combined record of 70-105 this season, or a winning percentage of .400. After that they get the first place Angels, which should be another difficult series. But after that they face the Mariners and A’s again. 30 total games. A combined winning percentage of .440.
Their record will sit at 31-31 if they go 19-11 in those games, something that is very possible when you consider the level of their competition. Even if they go, say, 17-13 over the next 30 games, that will likely get them out of the AL East cellar and back in the hunt for a playoff spot with 100 games left to play. It’s possible.
When’s the Deadline?
Who knows what date Chaim Bloom has circled on his calendar to signify if the Boston Red Sox will be buyers or sellers at the deadline? There’s no denying that it’s not looking good right now, but Chris Sale, Michael Wacha, and James Paxton will eventually return to the rotation. The veteran hitters will eventually get off the mat. This upcoming stretch of games, most of which are at home, offers a golden opportunity for the Sox to show fans that they shouldn’t give up on 2022 just yet. A 13-21 start sucks ass, but it’s not a death sentence.
Let’s see if they can string something together.
Join the discussion