While it was another disappointing weekend for the Patriots, it was just another lost weekend for the Sox, as Bobby V's boys dropped two of three to the Orioles at America's Most Beloved and Plaque-laden Ballpark.
Boston's now 18 games back in the wildcard and 20 games back in the division with only eight games left to play. So chances are, they're probably going to miss the playoffs for a third straight season. But as you know, there's much more than a playoff berth on the line over this next week and a half. These Sox are chasing history! So let's give a quick update on their mission to avoid becoming the worst Red Sox team in 47 years.
Heading into tonight's game with the Rays, Boston is 69-85 on the season. The number they have to beat is the 1992 Red Sox loss total of 73. So as you can see, the Sox have a real chance to pull this off.
They'll have to go 4-4 over their last eight games (TB, TB, @BAL x3 and @NYY x3) to avoid becoming the worst Sox team since 1966. They'll have to go 5-3 to avoid being one of the two worst. In other words, they'll pretty much half to play their best baseball of the second half.
To be honest, I'm not sure if they care. I'm not sure if they even realize that the Race to Inferiority has kicked into high gear. But I've said it once and I'll say it a million times (or maybe this will be the last time): I hope they fall short. It's only fitting that these guys finish with a record as historically horrendous as their reputation.
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