Through all the injuries and headaches and lousy pitching performances and everything else, the Red Sox find themselves at a game over .500 at the moment and just 3.5 games out in the AL Wild-Card race. Can Boston make up some ground this weekend when it hosts the 44-60 Minnesota Twins for four games at Fenway Park? Let’s consider, and contemplate some free MLB picks.
Streak Snapped; Start Another One?
The Red Sox had just won four games in a row, over the AL East-leading Yankees and the Tigers, before losing to Detroit Wednesday 7-5. So while Boston is only 10-9 since the All-Star break it’s by no means out of the running for a playoff spot, because the Angels and A’s, owners of the two AL Wild-Card spots at the moment, have themselves both been treading water recently.
Minnesota, meanwhile, also just had a four-game winning streak, but it lost the last two games of its just-completed series with the White Sox.
On Tap This Weekend …
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