The Boston Red Sox knew that winning games in the AL East division would be hard, considering the quality of the competition.
However, and despite the fact they have won some games against AL East foes, they have failed to win a single series in the first half.
That’s hard to believe, but it’s true: the Red Sox have played, so far, 11 series against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Yankees, and the Baltimore Orioles.
They haven’t taken a single one of them.
“With their loss today the Red Sox are now 0-10-1 in series vs the AL East this season. This is the first time Boston has gone without a series win against teams in their own division entering the All-Star Break,” ESPN Stats & Info tweeted after they lost Sunday’s game to the Yankees.
With their loss today the Red Sox are now 0-10-1 in series vs the AL East this season.
This is the first time Boston has gone without a series win against teams in their own division entering the All-Star Break. pic.twitter.com/dvj56pGuuZ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 17, 2022
The Red Sox Need To Start Winning Some Series Against Direct Opponents
The Red Sox aren’t a bad baseball club: it’s just that the rest of the competition in their division has been just as good or slightly better, and also some good old baseball randomness.
They are good enough to start winning some series against their divisional foes, but they also received some bad news with Chris Sale‘s fractured pinky.
The baseball gods just don’t appear to be on their side so far.
In any case, Sale said he expects to pitch again this year, and the Red Sox will also welcome back James Paxton eventually.
The team ended the first half with a 48-45 record, occupying fourth place in the American League East behind the Yankees, Rays, and Blue Jays, and just ahead of the surprising Orioles (46-46).
They have a good shot at making the postseason, but will need to win some series against their direct opponents.