It’s been a painful season for the Boston Red Sox and the good news is that it will come to an end on Wednesday. They enter the final week of action in fifth place in the American League East, 23 games out of first place
It would have been nice for the Red Sox to enter the offseason with a little bit of momentum or at least a positive note – and there still is time – but they’ll have to end a five-game winning streak first as they visit the New York Yankees for the final three games of the regular season.
Boston has now lost nine of their last 10 and will have to take on a Yankees team that still has plenty to play for. They’re tied with Baltimore atop the AL East, so the Yankees need wins to claim the division.
Maybe Boston can take solace in impeding their rivals and rally around that cause. They’ll send Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester and Daisuke Matsuzaka to the hill on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to lead that charge.
Buchholz has just one win in his last seven starts, giving up 23 earned runs over that span. Lester has pitched a bit better than that (10 earned runs in his last three starts) but the Red Sox haven’t supported him and he’s lost each of his last three outings. As for Matsuzaka, he posted an ERA of 13.50 in September, allowing at least four earned runs in each of his four starts.
MLB odds makers likely won’t list the Red Sox as a favorite in any of their final three contests. The Yankees will counter with C.C. Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Hiroki Kuroda, who have each won at least 10 games and have combined to win 41 games this season.
Hopefully the Red Sox can win their final series of the year and at least head into the offseason on a bit of a high note.