The AL East has been extremely close. No team has yet to really pull away from the rest of the pack. That has been good news for the Boston Red Sox who have played pretty inconsistently for the first couple months of the season. However, now is the time for Boston to make a move on its competitors, and here’s why.
The other teams in their division have recently been hit by the injury bug to some key players. The Tampa Bay Rays lost Matt Moore for the entire season. They also have lost Jeremy Hellickson and Alex Cobb for extended periods of time. The Baltimore Orioles just got Manny Machado back, but they could be without Matt Wieters for a while. The New York Yankees just put CC Sabathia on the disabled list and Ivan Nova is on the 60-day DL. Finally, the Toronto Blue Jays have an injured Brandon Morrow.
The Red Sox so far have been lucky. They have not had any significant injuries yet, now that Will Middlebrooks and Shane Victorino are back. They haven’t had any injuries to their pitching staff and hopefully can stay away from this Tommy John epidemic. The fact that these other teams have key players out, some of them for an extended period of time, means Boston can attempt to make a move while they have all of their key personnel.
That was a big reason why Boston was able to win their division last year; they put a lot of space between themselves and the competition. Now would be the time to make the same type of run.