Red Sox continue to dig their 2019 season divot even deeper, getting swept by the Tampa Bay Rays in three games at Fenway, spoiling a crucial home-stand.
Just when the Red Sox gave us a reason to be optimistic, taking three-of-four games against the New York Yankees in an offensively dominant series that wasn’t even close, they give us reason to count them out yet again versus the Rays. A follow-up series where we saw Porcello punch a TV, Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts continue to be awesome, and Andrew Cashner shows signs of being a Drew Pomeranz reincarnation before our very eyes.
The Tampa Bay Rays who now sit 3.5 games over the Red Sox for second place in the American League East, absolutely out-pitched Price, Porcello, and Cashner. If you didn’t pay attention vividly then this series would’ve flown past you in the blink of an eye.
That’s how quickly the Red Sox stomped over every ounce of optimism left in Boston for the season. To make matters worse, Dave Dombrowski had to open his mouth following the MLB Trade Deadline.
Dombrowski stated, "If we were in first place, I would've been more open-minded to more things." He added, "The club here needs to play better on a consistent basis."
This statement is the upmost ridiculous 26 words that Dombrowski could’ve constructed. Listen I’m not here to completely take a dump on his tenure in Boston. Wanna give him credit for Nathan Eovaldi? I’m for that. Credit for World Series MVP Steve Pearce? I’m down. Nevertheless to come out and spew this blasphemy, expressing such negligence as if you sir are unaware of the reason this team is NOT in first place, is beyond me.
How can he sit up there before the Boston media, in his Joesph Abboud suit, playing the bird-box card as if he’s completely unaware of why the Red Sox are in this predicament? It’s ridiculous. You wanna let Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel walk? That’s fine. However, to replace quality arms with bootlegged minor league excuses for a bullpen is inexcusable.
This isn’t Detroit. We have expectations to compete on a year-to-year basis, justifying your $50 parking fees and $8 hot dogs in the concession stands.
The three-game sweep puts Boston at 1-8 in games against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park this season.
Perhaps the most irritating three-game span of Red Sox baseball this season- and that says a lot of a mediocre club who’s complacently sat in third place for about 99.9 percent of the year.
Manager Alex Cora will reportedly hold a meeting prior to Boston’s series in New York against the Yankees. A series that could’ve, would’ve, and should’ve been can’t miss baseball for Boston. Per usual, the 2019 Red Sox dig their divisional deficit even deeper.
Here we go...