What has been a topsy-turvy season for the Boston Red Sox is about to end.
At 72-81, they sit at the bottom of a top-heavy American League East division.
They’ll have to win all the rest of their games in order to even finish .500, which is a major step backwards after their 92-70 season a year ago, when they reached the ALCS.
That won’t be happening this year.
For the past decade, the Red Sox have had some solid accomplishments, but also have been very inconsistent.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY posted a tweet and talked about how they are about to finish in last place for the fifth time in 11 years.
The Boston #RedSox finished last just once from 1933-2011.
The Sox (72-81) now are on verge of finishing last for the 5th time in 11 years.
It certainly has been feast or famine for Sox during this stretch:
4 first place finishes.
2 World Series titles.
5 last-place finishes.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 27, 2022
Sox’ Up And Down Over Past 11 Years
From 1933-2011, Boston finished in last place just once.
But now, they’re about to do it for the fifth time in an 11-year span, all while they’ve won the AL East four times and won the World Series twice.
Somehow, some way, the Red Sox are about to have more last place finishes than World Series titles and first place finishes in the past 11 years, yet they still have accomplished quite a lot.
It’s just been feast or famine for the Sox.
They reached the ALCS last year after winning 92 games, but this year, the best they can do is finish .500, which is unlikely at this point.
They’ve lost six straight games and are 3-7 in their last 10 games.
They also have officially been eliminated from postseason contention.
But when looking at the last 11 years, it’s hard to pinpoint what the most defining moment has been.
You could make a case for their 2013 World Series title after the Boston Marathon bombing.
You could also make a case for their epic collapse in 2011.
Much like this season, these past 11 years have been inconsistent for the Sox.