BOSTON — This year’s American League wild card race is going to be — get this — wild. Six teams are vying for two spots, and the madness will culminate with a one-game playoff to determine who will join the three division winners in the ALDS.
The Red Sox have a stranglehold on the AL East and shouldn’t have to worry too much about the wild card race, but it’d be understandable if curiosity caused them to sneak a peek at what’s happening amongst their AL brethren. The glances have been few and far between, though, as the Red Sox seem to realize that securing their own playoff spot is the top priority with less than three weeks to play.
“That would be a distraction,” John Farrell said whe asked if he’s keeping a watchful eye on the AL wild card race, “and I think we’ve done a very good job of keeping that at bay.”
The Red Sox enter Friday’s game against the Yankees with an 8 1/2-game lead in the AL East. Their magic number to secure the division is eight and, according to ESPN.com, t