I don’t know if you know this but there are these two irrelevant franchises called the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox that currently occupy 4th and 5th place in the AL East. The Rays have the worst record in baseball and the Red Sox are 7 games below 500.
It is with that knowledge that I feel very comfortable in cheering for the Rays and Red Sox whenever they play the Orioles or Yankees this season. You know, as long as they lose every other game they play.
They can even start making themselves useful right now as the Rays play their next 7 games against the Orioles and Yankees. Meanwhile, the Red Sox start a 3-game series against the Yankees tonight and play the Orioles next weekend.
I’d even be fine if the Rays and Red Sox didn’t start selling off pieces before the trade deadline so they’d be better equipped to win games against the O’s and Yankees. I’ll happily watch the Jays face David Price and whoever the Red Sox might sell off for the rest of the season if it means the O’s and Yankees have to also.
Now the Red Sox are “only” 8 games back of the Jays, 6 games back of the O’s and 5 games back of the Yankees, so if they were to sweep or win those series against those teams they could sneak back into the wild card and division race. However, that is a risk I’m willing to take because as long as the Jays keep winning while the Red Sox are winning it won’t make much or any difference.
If someone told me I’d be rooting for the Rays and Red Sox in late freaking June before the season started I would have yelled HOW!!?!
But that’s the situation so if they both want to start playing like the typical 90 win teams that we know and hate against the Orioles and Yankees that would be fantastic.