By now it should be pretty obvious that the Red Sox are not going to win the American League East for a fourth straight year.
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If the Yankees don't continue to run away with the division and should somehow not finish in first, it would probably entail a collapse of epic proportions, and their lineup and pitching (especially the bullpen) are just too good for that to happen.
Boston's inexcusable 11-2 loss to the Orioles on Friday night was yet another piece of mounting evidence in a case that has been building against the Red Sox all season. And despite a 17-run offensive outburst on Saturday, Sunday's 5-0 loss in which Boston was held to just one hit, was equally upsetting.
These are the Orioles, after all. Only the Detroit Tigers have a worse record. It doesn't bode well for the next 14 games in which the Red Sox will see nothing but the Yankees and Rays. After this just-completed disaster of a weekend in Baltimore, there is absolutely no reason any Red Sox in his or her right mind should feel optimistic about what is about to unfold.
David Price (pictured) put his team in an early 3-0 hole in the bottom of the first inning on a home run by Anthony Santander and ultimately gave up six runs in his four innings of work.
Rick Porcello was equally awful on Saturday (despite getting credit for the win) and former Oriole Andrew Cashner has looked VERY pedestrian in his first two Boston starts.
With 62 games to play, Boston sits 12 games behind the Yankees in the loss column and one behind second-place Tampa. The next 14 of the remaining 62 will more than likely define the 2019 season for the Red Sox.
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