Can you hear it? That’s the sound of printing machines over at Majestic Athletic warming up, getting ready to print several thousand American League East Division Championship shirts with the Red Sox logo on them.
No, this isn’t to jinx a team that sits 8.5 games up in the division with 16 games to go and a Magic Number of 10. This is help form the reality in your mind that a team that went 69-93 a season ago is about to finish off one of the best turnarounds in Major League history. At 88-58, the Boston Red Sox are 19 wins above last season’s mark. Even if they finish .500 (8-8) the remainder of this season, that puts them at 96 wins. Yes, a mirror – reverse – image of a season ago.
That’s all fine and dandy, but the task at hand is beating the Tampa Bay Rays for a second straight night and winning their MLB-leading 31st series of the year. The Rays (78-65), who are that team 8.5 games back - Got that, Rays scoreboard standings operator? Good. –...