Sox still have a shot at their worst record in 47 years


Sox still have a shot at their worst record in 47 years

A few weeks back, I wrote a post about the Red Sox' furious push to avoid finishing this season with the worst record of any Sox team in nearly 50 years.

And, it's time for an update.

When we last left Bobby's Boys, they had 24 games left, and 63 wins to their name. That was one better than 1965 Sox who finished with 62.

A year later, Boston finished with 72 wins, and in the 46 years since, no Sox team has eclipsed that level of ineptitude with Butch Hobson's '92 squad and their 73 wins coming the closest. That brings us back to 2012, and the race that's sure to captivate a nation (or much more likely, be forgotten the moment you're done reading this post).

As of today, the Sox stand (actually, let's call it "sit") at 67-81. That leaves them seven short of the '92 team, which means . . . scrambling for a calculator . . . that Boston needs seven wins over their last 14 games to avoid stamping an unenviable place in Red Sox history. That's .500 ball. Can they do it?

That I'm even asking the question is a sure sign of just how pathetic things have become.

That they're most likely going to fall short? A much surer sign.

Listen, the Sox would have trouble winning seven of 14 games against the Royals, Astros and Birmingham Barons. In reality, they're up against the Rays, Orioles and Yankees. That's three teams in the heat of a playoff race with records that are a combined 48 games over .500.

On one hand, maybe the idea of playing spoiler can light a fire under Boston's ass. But when you consider that a few months ago, the idea of winning a World Series wasn't enough to get these guys going and that they're currently trotting out the "weakest September roster in baseball history," something tells me that Hobson, Bob Zupcic, Luis Rivera and the rest of the '92 Sox might want to put some champagne on ice.

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Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Mike Felger and Dan Shaughnessy discuss the Boston Red Sox bouncing back from their slump with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello


Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 win over Tampa Bay



"I can't say enough about the way our position players have continued to grind away. . . Tonight was just another example of that.'' - John Farrell.

"He's been everything that we could have hoped. You look to a starting pitcher to go out and be consistent every fifth day -- he's been a model of that for us.'' - Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"It's nice to come back with a statement game tonight. The past couple of week haven't been good for us, so it was nice to get back on the right track tonight.'' - Travis Shaw.

"Preventing them from scoring first was big and then limiting the big inning. The fourth inning was a grind. I dug myself a hole and had to find a way out of it.'' - Rick Porcello.



* Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox starter to record a win since David Price beat Seattle on Jume 19.

* Porcello is unbeaten over his last eight starts, going 3-0 with five no-decisions.

* Porcello had gone 19 straight starts without allowing more than two walks, the longest such streak for a Red Sox starter since Curt Schilling went 33 in a row.

* The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and are one of two teams (Cleveland is the other) to not have lost four straight this season.

* Boston has a major league-leading 22 games in which it has scored eight or more runs.

* The first six hitters in the Red Sox lineup were 11-for-24, while the bottom three were a combined 0-for-13.

* Travis Shaw's home run was measured at 449 feet, the second-longest homer by a Red Sox player this season.

* In one night, Travis Shaw had more RBI (five) than he had in his previous 27 games (four).

* David Ortiz tied Frank Thomas in career RBI (1,704); both are in 23rd place.



1) Travis Shaw

Shaw belted out three hits -- including his first homer in the month of June -- and knocked in five RBI, tying a career high.

2) Rick Porcello

In a perfect world, Porcello would have gone a little deeper, but kept the Rays off the scoreboard early and helped set the tone for the night.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez reached base five times with two hits -- both singles -- and three walks - one intentional - and seemed to be in the middle of every Red Sox rally.