Just when it looks like the Boston Red Sox have turned the corner and started playing some more consistent baseball, they seem to take a step or two back. The Red Sox lost a doubleheader to the Tampa Bay Rays and now have to look out because they are facing a hot team, the Oakland Athletics.
The Athletics have some great young pitching, in particularly Sonny Gray, who is leading the league right now in earned run average at 1.76. The way Boston has not been hitting recently, facing a pitcher of Gray’s caliber could lead to a very long night. As well, Oakland has some solid offense with Yoenis Cespedes who is always a threat to hit one out of the park.
Another reason the Red Sox should be a little worried about the Athletics is because Oakland has a lot of former Red Sox players. Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick, Jed Lowrie, Nick Punto and Brandon Moss have all spent some time playing in Boston, so that gives them quite a bit of familiarity in handling Fenway Park. As well, it seems like ex-Boston players always thrive when they come back to Boston.
Oakland is one of those teams that always play under the radar and do not often get much attention, however, when you look at the standings later on in the summer, they always are in contention and before you know it, they are in the playoffs.
Boston needs to get their act together particularly with their hitting because Oakland could make this a very long series for the Red Sox.