Written by: Jack Lyons (@jmlyons94)
Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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It’s been a brutally tough season for the Boston Red Sox. They’re dead last in the AL East, one of the worst teams in all of baseball. They’ve seen stars like Dustin Pedroia and Clay Buchholz miss significant time due to injuries. Their CEO is stepping down and their head coach was just diagnosed with Lymphoma, so all in all, it’s been a rough go of it for the organization and its fans.
There have been some bright spots, like the emergence of Brock Holt, Xander Bogaerts, Eduardo Rodriguez and Mookie Betts. Oh, and the last two games. They’ve scored 37 runs in the last two games, both against the Seattle Mariners, outscoring their cross-continent opponents 37-7.
Since there isn’t any way to make Red Sox fans (myself included) feel any worse about the season, I’m going to take those 28 extra runs, apply them to other close games and see how it changes the Red Sox season. Should be fun (wipes a lone tear off his cheek).
April 23 against Tampa: Was a 2-1 loss, now a 3-2 win. 26 runs left.
May 1 against NYY: Was a 3-2 loss, now a 4-3 win. 24 runs left.
May 2 against NYY: Was a 4-2 loss, now a 5-4 win. 21
June 9 against Baltimore: Was a 1-0 loss, now a 2-1 win. 19 runs left
June 11 against Baltimore: Was a 6-5 loss, now a 7-6 win. 17 runs left
July 17 at LAA: Was a 1-0 loss, now a 2-1 win. 15 runs left
July 18 against LAA: Was a 3-0 loss, now a 4-3 win. 11 runs left
July 23 against Houston: Was a 5-4 loss, now a 6-5 win. 9 runs left
August 2 against Tampa: Was a 4-3 loss, now a 5-4 win. 7 runs left
August 6 against NYY: Was a 2-1 loss, now a 3-2 win. 5 runs left
August 8 against Detroit: Was a 7-6 loss, now an 8-7 win. 3 runs left
Now, I know this isn’t how sports work. But lets take a look at the Red Sox record now. If this were the real results, the Sox would be 63-53. The Yankees would be 61-54. Toronto would still be 64-54. Baltimore would be 56-58 and Tampa would be 56-59. That puts the Red Sox in second in the AL East and in a much better place in regards to making the playoffs.
Alas, that is not how sports work and that is not what the AL East standings look like. It is not how the Red Sox season has gone. Yet, Red Sox Nation keeps watching, and that has to count for something. (It doesn’t, they’re still bad)