Boston Misses Big Chance
The Boston Red Sox remain second in the division, after dropping the opening set to the Yankees. They managed to edge out Masahiro Tanaka to start the week, but New York shelled Porcello and Price to end the series. The Red Sox now sit 4 games out of first but remain the top dog overall in the Wild Card race. Boston has been getting production up and down the lineup offensively. Chris Sale has been unrelenting on opposing batters and has been pulling most of the weight in the rotation. Drew Pomeranz remains hit and miss, and Rick Porcello has looked nothing like the 2016 version. David Price will likely help the rotation stabilize, but did not do so this week.
Team Captain Dustin Pedroia is finally off the DL, while Eduardo Rodriguez is progressing as projected. Pablo Sandoval has been sitting out, trying to avoid a stint to on the list as well. The Red Sox will get another test this week. After an Away and Home stint against the Phillies to start the week, they will play the titans of the West. The Astros have looked as strong as the Yankees this year and could be a challenge even for Sale.
The Red Sox have finally taken full form. They’ll need some more success from their rotation to help keep pace with their excellent offense. If they can, they can contend with the Yankees at the top.