'Monumental difference' between 1st and 2nd seed

'Monumental difference' between 1st and 2nd seed
September 22, 2013, 10:00 pm

Shaughnessy: 'Monumental difference' between 1st and 2nd seed

At the beginning of the season, not many people thought the Red Sox would contend for the American League East Title. However, the Red Sox came out of left field to capture the AL East crown and have secured a playoff spot for the first time since 2009.

Michael Holley, Lou Merloni, and Dan Shaughnessy sat down on Sports Sunday to talk about a memorable Red Sox season.

“There were so many question marks, how many things had to go right,” Merloni said. “They had their issues – third closer, they lost [Clay] Buccholz, [Jon] Lester went in a funk for a while. It’s been consistent all year long. How many times did you say I’m not buying in yet or here we go? Given what you saw last year and a half, I can’t remember a more enjoyable team to watch from start to finish, and we’ll see, it’s not over yet.”

With the regular season winding down, the Red Sox are still trying to claim the number one seed in the American League for home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

“If they don’t hold that best record, and it’s very slim, it’s one game and they need to hold that all week,” Shaughnessy said. “They slip from playing the wild card at home, a fatigued team probably Tampa, Texas or Cleveland, probably not a really good team. Instead, if they don’t hold this they play Detroit best of five. That is a monumental difference.”