The Boston Red Sox have lost five straight games.
Three of them came this past weekend against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The worst thing of all is that they were battered and beaten badly at their own home: Fenway Park.
The Blue Jays scored 40 runs over the three weekend games against Boston: 28 on Friday, four on Saturday, and eight in Sunday’s finale.
One would think that Red Sox pitchers had a historically bad weekend, and they did.
But their defense was also abysmal, and it cost them lots of runs in the three games.
Look at this sequence.
“This happened on three straight hitters. The Red Sox are in shambles right now,” Talkin’ Baseball tweeted.
This happened on three straight hitters. The Red Sox are in shambles right now pic.twitter.com/4XB2SEt6An
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) July 24, 2022
A Cold Offense And Some Lousy Pitching And Defense Have Left Boston In Shambles
Those are three straight defensive miscues for the Red Sox, and all of them resulted in costly runs.
Since their offense has also been rather cold in the past few days, they have no business being competitive at the moment.
After a hot streak in recent weeks, they are back to cold: with the five straight losses, they are now 48-48 and just half-game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles.
The Sox fell 4.5 games behind the third-place Tampa Bay Rays and five games behind the Blue Jays.
The AL East top spot seems like a pipe dream at this point, as they are 17.5 games behind the New York Yankees.
Boston still has some time to revert their situation and get out of this hole.
But they need to string together some wins, and do it quickly, because lots of teams in the American League are vying for a playoff spot.