Sox In Review: Losing Sale, But Taking Care Of Business, Provides (Little) Hope

BOSTON MA. – AUGUST 18: Rafael Devers of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated in the dugout after his two run home run during the 7th inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on August 18, 2019 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

The Boston Red Sox did what they needed to do against the Baltimore Orioles this past weekend at Fenway. They swept the Orioles and didn’t lose any ground in the wild card race. Unfortunately, they didn’t gain much ground either.

They remain six and a half games back for the second wild card spot as they get an off day, before they welcome in the Phillies for a two-game set.

The pitching was pretty great this weekend, aside from Nathan Eovaldi not doing well at all on Sunday. Rick Porcello gave the Red Sox a much needed 2016/2018 Rick Porcello start Friday night. Then Saturday, E-Rod had his longest outing since 2017, going 7.1 innings against the Orioles. With Chris Sale going to the IL for what seems like the rest of the year (hopefully not, more on that later) and David Price still trying to come back from his wrist injury, E-Rod needs to step up big time and pitch like we all know he can pitch. If this team has any shot to make it to the postseason, he needs to step up and carry whatever is left of this rotation.

I should mention that winning the series vs. the red hot Indians, was a good sign. The sign of…

No the Red Sox aren’t dead yet.

Even if we know that this team could probably lose five games in a row next week. They did just enough this past week to make people say “hey maybe this team has a shot.”

Am I saying that? Not fully.

The rotation is falling apart, which means the bullpen is going to be used a lot over the next few weeks. The Red Sox are pretty lucky that they have a few off days coming up. So they can push the bullpen, but after that? It’s going to go downhill. So they better hope Price comes back soon. They better hope Chris Sale somehow can comeback and pitch this season. Cause any shot they have in making the postseason could go bye bye by the beginning of September.

Everyone is bringing up the Sale contact extension. How it was a mistake to sign him to an extension so early on in the season. Do I agree? Not fully. Yes Sale breaks down in August. He has practically done that every season of his career. The Red Sox tried to prevent that from happening by managing his innings early on and having him not pitch in spring training as much. It didn’t work. It happens. But when he’s healthy, he’s one of the best, if not the best pitcher in the game. It was worth the risk. Maybe this injury isn’t serious, maybe it is. Regardless, you can’t say the extension was a mistake. It was worth it.

Lastly, lets talk about Rafael Devers. What a breakout season he’s having. And we get to watch it right in front of our eyes. He could hit over 40 home runs this season. In just his second full big league season. I mean all around his game, he has made big leaps. His defense is yards better than it was last year and remember, through the first few weeks of the season, he didn’t have any home runs yet. He’s going to hit well over 50 doubles and get 200 plus hits by seasons end. That’s how good of a season he is having. He doesn’t turn twenty-three until October. We would be talking about the Red Sox having two back to back MVPs if Mike Trout played in the national league.

What a season for Devers.

I’m really hyped for this Phillies series just for the fact we can see Bryce Harper, who is my favorite player who is not on the Red Sox.

All Done.

Carry on with your day.

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