Just a week ago, there was a four team battle in the American League East fighting to win the division. With plenty of head-to-head match ups between these teams still to be played, the Blue Jays, Orioles, Yankees and Red Sox were on pace to have one of the most thrilling final 15 games to a regular season we have seen in a very long time. Every game from then until October 2nd were set to be fights to the death. Playoffs on the line, anxiety-ridden fans, the whole season riding on one pitch, it was shaping up to be how every baseball fan wants the regular season to end. That’s what we had in store for us. Until the Red Sox came.
Over the past week, the Red Sox hijacked the AL East and completely dismantled all signs of a close playoff race. As of today with 10 games left to be played, the Red Sox hold a 5 game lead over the 2nd place Blue Jays, followed by the Orioles at 6 games back and then the Yankees at 8.5 games back. Again, just a week ago the division was there for the taking and it’s over. I know technically the magic number for the Red Sox is 6 but let’s be real, it’s over. The Boston Red Sox are 8-2 in their last 10 games. All season long, they’ve felt like they are and a lot better than what their record indicates and finally, everything seems to be going their way.
In no way was it easy, but we are once again seeing a Boston team that does not back down and will fight like hell until the last out is made. It started in game 1 of the Yankees series. The Sox were down 5 runs heading into the bottom of the 8th. Ortiz was able to get Boston on the board with a solo home run, but the real heroics came in the 9th. After stringing together a few runs, the score was now 5-4 and Hanley Ramirez was up to the plate with 2 outs and 2 runners on base. That’s when this happened:
Two nights later, it was Mookie Betts turn to be the hero. Down 5-4 in the 7th inning, Mookie tied the game up with a high-chop grounder over the shortstops head:
Betts later scored the go ahead run on a wild pitch. Hanley, who started on second base, also tried to score on that wild pitch but was tagged out at the plate:
It doesn’t end there. The next day, the Sox were yet again down. This time it was 4-0 New York in the bottom of the 5th when Ramirez hit a three run laser over the Monster. Bradley tied it up the next inning on a RBI base hit. In the 7th, Hanley did his thing again crushing a solo home run, this time over the Monster Seats in what would be the go ahead run in this game.
All in all, it was a statement series by the Red Sox and that was followed by wins in their next three games against the Orioles. We’ve seen PLENTY of clutch hitting, stellar showings from our bullpen and great starts on the mound from our starting pitching. It’s been an up and down journey all season for the Red Sox, but at the most crucial time, it looks like they have finally gotten things together. If you can win in September, you can win in October. If Im being completely honest, no teams in the American League scare me. Whether the Orioles, Blue Jays or even the Yankees sneak into the playoffs with the wildcard spot, we have had their number all season. The Indians have pitching and no line up. The Rangers have an okay line up but their pitching doesn’t scare me. More importantly, the Indians and the Rangers were able to coast into the playoffs because their divisions suck. They’re not battled tested. None of these teams want to see Boston in October. I have very high hopes as to what lies ahead.