The Boston Red Sox have fallen into a rut again.
They lost all three games they played last week, and the two they played before the All-Star break.
To make things even worse, all of those contests were against direct opponents in the quest for a playoff spot: the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays.
What worries fans the most is not the sole fact they lost five games in a row, but instead, the ugly way in which they were beaten.
“The @RedSox have been outscored by 54 runs over their last 5 games. That is the worst run differential over a 5 game span in the NL/AL since 1901,” Baseball Reference tweeted.
The @RedSox have been outscored by 54 runs over their last 5 games. That is the worst run differential over a 5 game span in the NL/AL since 1901: https://t.co/ZFyfGdrnvS#RedSox pic.twitter.com/e60d6iKCLh
— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) July 25, 2022
To sum up, Boston has had the worst run differential over a five-game span in the last 121 years.
Boston Has Had A Miserable Week
Their pitching has been absolutely abysmal in those last five games.
Last Saturday, they conceded 14 runs to the Yankees, and then they followed that up with 13 on Sunday.
On Friday, after the All-Star break, the Blue Jays greeted the Red Sox with a whopping 28 runs, and added four more on Saturday and eight more on Sunday.
It has been a miserable week for Boston, as they are now playing .500 ball again at 48-48 as of Monday afternoon.
The 47-48 Baltimore Orioles are just a half-game behind them, so things could definitely get uglier in Boston.
If they end the season in last place in the AL East, it won’t end well for a lot of people currently on the team.
Fortunately, they still have time to revert the situation, and they have shown in the past that they can bounce back and return to being a competitive squad.