First Place on the Line in Tuesday Night's Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays Contest

By Paul Seaver
Winslow Townson-USA Today Sports

On Tuesday night, the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays will hit the field for game two of their four game series topping off the final full week of July. After a two-hit shutout on Monday night, the Red Sox bats must get going on Tuesday night and provide ace pitcher John Lester with some support early and often.

It’s late July, but the implications are high as the latter portion of the MLB season begins to kick into full gear fresh off last week’s All Star break. After Monday night’s victory, the red hot Rays are within a half game of the Red Sox for first place and that pretty much speaks for itself in terms of what is on the line on Tuesday. Boston will look to protect their first place spot and extend their divisional lead back to 1.5 games, but not only is supremacy in the AL East on the line, because so too is the best record in baseball.

Boston currently has 60 wins thus far this season, more than any team in the league. However, a Tampa Bay victory on Tuesday night would change that and subsequently put a new team on top.

Tampa Bay has by far been the best team in baseball through the month of July and they are a perfect 4-0 to begin the second half of the season. In addition to those four consecutive wins, their current win streak stands at six, but that’s not their only impressive feat of the month. In all, Tampa Bay has won 14 of their past 15 games and 18 of their last 20 overall.

It’s impressive to say the least and it’s going to be interesting if Lester and the Sox can put a stop to their success as this pivotal series rages on.


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