The 2014 Boston Red Sox have not been read their last rights just yet. They earned their 5th straight victory Monday night with a 14-1 thumping of the Toronto Blue Jays. It was in Toronto that a little bit of history was made, too. Reigning World Series MVP David Ortiz cracked a pair of home runs, giving him his 452nd and 453rd long balls in his career and thus tied and surpassed fellow Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski on the all time home run list. Boston is still looking up at three teams in the AL East standings, including Toronto, but the incumbent World Series Champions do appear to have a lot of fight left in them.
Three games still remain in the series between Boston and Toronto. With how hot the Red Sox are, who knows? Maybe they can take the remaining three games, and it’s not like the Blue Jays have been bad by any means this season after a last place finish in 2013. Every team, including the last place Tampa Bay Rays, is still alive at this point in the season. Considering how both the Red Sox and Rays met in the playoffs last year, neither team probably expected to underachieve as much as they have so far, but then again, both clubs have won 5 in a row, the Red Sox are 8-2 in their last 10. The idle Rays, meanwhile, are 7-3 in its last 10.
The Baltimore Orioles may be leading the AL East, but it’s not like it’s a runaway, either, as the New York Yankees can never be counted out no matter what adversity that team seems to face. Toronto is barely hanging above .500, but they have the talent, let’s see if they can hang in there. After what happened with the Rays in 2011, who would want to count them out at this point?
Still, while Boston’s recent roll looks promising, one must keep in mind this is a club which two years ago went 69-93 and finished in last place in the AL East, and that’s a team which also had a winning record entering August 2012. Then the team collapsed with a 9-20 record that month of August, and a combined 7-22 record in September/October, including dropping 12 of its last 13 games. So even though the team is not dead yet, and there’s still time to come back and possibly repeat from last year, they’ll have to keep it up and not have to collapse the final two months, because based on how the other four clubs are reasonably within the thick of things, the last thing the Red Sox can afford to do is fall off now.