The next week and a half of games for the Boston Red Sox may be as pivotal to this season as any games have been. These games consist of a three-game series with the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles. Clearly the Cubs season doesn’t seem important, but it does have some meaning. If the Red Sox are going to stay in contention, they need to make a serious run during these games.
With two series against teams in the AL East and a series against the Cubs, the Red Sox can gain some serious ground or fall completely out of contention very quickly. The month of June is coming to an end and we’re almost at the mid-point of the season. The time to make a difference in the season starts tomorrow against the Yankees.
The Red Sox are in great position to at least take two out of three against the Yankees. With Brandon Workman, Jon Lester and John Lackey set to take the hill in that series, you have to feel good about their chances. The Yankees will trot out Vidal Nuno, Masahiro Tanaka and Chase Whitley. On paper, I’m liking my chances in two out of these three matchups.
In the Cubs series, the Red Sox can hopefully pounce on an equally struggling Cubs team, who will have to play by American League rules, and take at least two out of three in this series as well. Gaining as much ground on the AL East teams will be vital for the Red Sox. The AL east is currently on lockdown by the Toronto Blue Jays. Any other spot is basically up for grabs as all the teams in the East aren’t exactly lighting the world on fire.
The series against Baltimore may prove to be the biggest challenge for the Red Sox. Against all other AL East teams, the Orioles sit at 21-13 while the Red Sox are a measly 13-19. If the Red Sox hope to gain any ground, the Orioles series will be huge. Despite their great record against the East, the Orioles have a weak starting rotation, with the average ERA of their starters at 4.20. Scoring runs early will absolutely be key to victory.
After the 4th of July weekend, we’ll really know where this Red Sox season is heading. Will the defending world champs be the laughingstock once again? Or can the Red Sox gain some momentum and make another series run in the playoffs? Once you make it to the big dance, anything can happen.