Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Final Thirty-Five Games Of 2018 Will Not Be Easy Ones For The Red Sox

It's not quite 'panic time' yet, but there is an uneasiness brewing in Red Sox Nation. Representative of this queasiness is a quote from a fan on a Red Sox message board today: "I'm not freaking out, but I'm also not not freaking out." That seems about the right level of panic to us. Boston's first three-game losing streak in four months is a definite red flag—and facing a 15-game winner tonight could conceivably push that to four straight losses. In the meantime, of course, The Pinstriped Posers seem incapable of losing—even while missing several key pieces of their team. The Red Sox have 35 games left—16 on the road and 19 at Fenway—with remaining opponents sporting a roughly .520 winning percentage. The Evil Ones, on the other hand, have 37 games left—21 away and 16 at The Concrete Bunker On 161st Street. Their opponents have a sub-par winning percentage of about .460. And, don't forget that Boston and New York have six face-to-face-encounters left in September. The lead is just eight games now—so if The Bronx Embalmers can whittle that down further before their head-to-head match-ups, look out! No matter what happens in the next six weeks, it will not be easy. In fact, it will be wicked haaad.