Thursday, July 17, 2014

If the Red Sox win two-thirds of their remaining games they'll probably make the playoffs

The Sox are 4-1 since cutting A.J. Pierzynski and calling up Christian Vazquez.

This morning Boston GM Ben Cherrington went on the radio and emphatically said the Red Sox are not giving up on 2014.  Just before the All-Star break I sent out this tweet:

The 51-44 Seattle Mariners are holding down the AL's second Wid Card spot at the moment.  Their .537 winning percentage projects to a final record of 87-75.  For the Red Sox (43-52) to finish with that mark they'll have to win 44 of their last 67 games (66%).

Is it likely?  No.  But feasible?  Yes.  And if you're looking for a glimmer of hope, Boston's season-long offensive deficiencies may finally be coming to an end.  In the three games before the break the Sox busted out 12, 13 and 16 hits respectively; their highest three-game total (41) of the season and just the second time all year they've recorded double-digit hits in three consecutive games.

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