Nothing has seemed to go right for the Sox. A team that was able to score runs at will during the regular season, has struggled to gain any traction against the Cleveland pitching staff. Last night, Corey Kluber stifled the MLB's best offense allowing just 3 hits en route to 7 scoreless innings and a Cleveland victory. On the opposing side, David Price did not rid the ghosts of October that have haunted his 8 year career thus far. Nor did he quiet the critics with his inability to pitch under the postseason spotlight, pitching 3.1 innings allowing 5 runs.
In 1999, the Sox trailed the Cleveland Indians two games to none only to rally back to win three straight games. History repeated itself in 2003 when the Sox dug themselves an 0-2 hole against the Oakland Athletics, they were able to capture the series. In 2007, the Sox feel behind the Cleveland Indians 3-1 in the American League Championship Series. A series that looked to have already concluded even before the Indians popped the champagne in celebratory rage. A series that would require the Sox to beat a CC Sabathia who was in his prime, and a 19-8 Roberto Hernandez. Despite the odds, the Sox would beat Sabathia and Hernandez in route to a birth to the World Series and an eventual championship. And of course, who could forget the biggest comeback in the history of the modern sports era, the 2004 ALCS. With matters seemingly in hand, the Yankees were only 3 outs away from punching their ticket to the World Series when the Red Sox would scrap their way back to take game 4 and eventually battle their way to 8 straight victories.
"Our backs are against the wall. It’s pretty clear what lies ahead of us." Manager John Farrell said. "We have an attitude of no tomorrow."
History assumes no guarantees for the present, however. The Sox have their work cut out for them. In order to survive and punch a ticket to the next round they will have to defeat Tomlin on
Sunday, Bauer on Monday, and Kluber on Wednesday in Cleveland. Not only will they matchup against tough pitching, but Farrell and company will need to find a way to muster some quality innings out of Buchholz, Porcello, and Price. This team will live and die through their starting pitching.
Matters look bleak, but there is still hope. Right now, that's all Sox fans can hang onto.