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Jim Monaghan
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They're done.

Maybe not mathematically, but the fact remains that the 2019 Red Sox season is for all intents and purposes over.

Photo courtesy of USA Today
A 14-game span of Rays/Yankees started in grand fashion with Boston taking two of three from Tampa and then destroying New York in three of four.

The Rays then came in and swept a three-game series and Fenway and the Yankees grand slammed their way to a 4-2 win in the Bronx Friday night sending the Red Sox to their fifth straight loss.

Boston starts the day in third place in the American League East 13 games behind the Yankees in the loss column and four behind second-place Tampa Bay.

By the time Chris Sale and Brian Johnson are finished getting lit up Saturday in a split doubleheader, those numbers will be even more depressing.

They're done.

Red Sox fans are still shaking their heads over an organizational philosophy that 1) put the team in a position to start the season without a closer, and 2) saw Boston do nothing at the July 31 trade deadline.

And the barbs from Yankees fans will sting a lot after the Red Sox get swept this weekend, but if it's any consolation, the Yankees did nothing to fix their starting pitching and saw Zack Greinke traded to the Astros, arguably New York's biggest post-season obstacle, while he was in the process of shutting down their offense just before the 4 PM deadline.

So while Rick Porcello is smashing television monitors in the dugout, and Eduardo Rodriguez (pictured) is giving up first-inning grand slams and throwing his glove around in the dugout in frustration, we can take some solace in knowing that the Patriots open at home in five short weeks.

We're on to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Jim Monaghan 8/03/2019 08:04:00 AM Edit
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