Red Sox Lose Two in a Row to Rays, Drop First Series Since July 1
Boston, MA - With a 90-41 record, the chance to match their entire win total from last season before September even starts, and three legitimate MVP candidates in Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, and Chris Sale, the Boston Red Sox have rarely had anything to complain about during the 2018 season. It's hard to find room for discouragement when the Red Sox team is a historic one.
However, it would be impossible to think that the season would be one hundred percent perfect. The team was bound for a negative story sooner or later and it's one that has a similar ring to it as last year.
Boston dropped the first two games against the Tampa Bay Rays in this weekend's series, meaning that it will be the first series the Red Sox will not win since the beginning of July, which is an absolutely astounding feat any way you slice it. In that time, the Sox went 10-0-4 in their series, but the Rays losses will bring Boston back down to Earth a little bit.
They came close to ending this stretch during the previous four-game set against the Cleveland Indians, but they managed to fight for a split. With Sale on the disabled list and Betts in a slump, the team has been a bit more inconsistent and they were bound to drop a series. It makes sense that this happened against the Rays, who always play division foes tough.
It also makes sense when you consider that the Red Sox were playing these games on Players' Weekend with the nickname-based jerseys, bringing their total record in these event-based games to 0-5. It's safe to say that the Red Sox would be happy to do away with these weekends.
Many Boston sports reporters have also been quick to note that, with the New York Yankees sweeping their double header yesterday, Boston's division lead has dropped to just seven games. It seems a bit premature for concern, but baseball is a sport where anything can happen. And Red Sox fans are always wary about the Yankees.