Red Sox Battling For Wild Card Playoff Berth

September 16, 2021


Nobody ever said being a Red Sox fan would be boring…. in fact, most of the time we are on the edge of our seats cheering on our heroic baseball team through another playoff race.

After a rousing start, this season is no exception.  After a rather up and down year…The 2021 Boston Red Sox are hoping to sneak back into the post-season playoffs. With two weeks left in the regular season, the Red Sox find themselves tied with the Yankees for third place in the AL East.

The Sox currently sit a half-game behind the Toronto Blue Jays and 8.5 games back from the 1st place Tampa Bay Rays who are running away with the division. 

As the remaining 17 games are relatively weak opponents there is still a possibility of an incredible comeback and launch into the playoffs but it will most likely have to be as a Wild Card as there are no more head to head matchups with Tampa Bay this season.

There is however one more series vs. the Yankees and we have six games vs. the bottom-dweller Baltimore Orioles before the final four games in Washington vs. the Nationals.

Manager Alex Cora has made the team well aware in team meetings that they have to pick up their performances especially on the offensive side to finish with a strong run for the Wild Card.

Players like Hunter Renfroe, Bobby Dalbec (August Rookie of the Month), Travis Shaw, and Alex Verdugo stepped up immediately to make key plays resulting in close Red Sox wins.

Nathan Eovaldi and Chris Sale have anchored the pitching staff as the bullpen tries to nail down wins.  Sadly, some Covid outbreaks and injuries have sidelined some players but the whole team is hanging in there.

The road ahead will be a battle as Toronto and New York run neck and neck in this race.

Let’s do our job as fans and root for the Red Sox with high hopes that this will be a September to Remember with a solid stretch run into exciting  October Playoff Baseball. Go Sox Go!

About the author 

Tim Scott  -  Tim has been a fan of Boston sports teams from birth, with a special affinity for the Red Sox and Celtics. His favorite Sox players of all time include David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Varitek, and Mike Napoli. Tim has taught and coached high school basketball for years and enjoys writing screenplays in his spare time.

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