Red Sox: From Leading to Losing

In the sixth inning on a perfect April afternoon, the Red Sox held a 9-0 lead on their rival, the New York Yankees. The lead was mere minutes away from crumbling, much as the Red Sox’s 2011 season had done just a few shorts months ago.

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 05:  Mariano Rivera #42 an...

BOSTON, MA: Mariano Rivera #42 and Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees celebrate a win over the Boston Red Sox on August 5, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

After sending 27 batters to the plate in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings, the Yankees had surmised 15 unanswered runs and now led 15-9. That score would be the game’s final.

Putting Two and Two Together

Two days. Two games. Two Red Sox embarrassments. (The first was the day before, when the Yankees spoiled the 100th Anniversary party for Fenway Park with a victory over the Sox that day, too.)

After the game, prominent members of the Red Sox lineup refused to speak with the media. Things were made worse when Boston ownership met with manager Bobby Valentine for a long closed-door session.

Now there’s talk of trades, changed roles, new assignments, new players, etc. Boston is in a spiral of change, just to try and fix things that they’re not even 100% are broken. One thing the Sox DO know is that their pitching needs to improve drastically, as both their starters and bullpen currently both carry the worst ERA‘s in the major leagues.

Whatever happens to the Red Sox, this weekend’s rain shortened series with the 27-time champs will definitely not be forgotten anytime soon.

What do you guys think? Will the Red Sox come back? Are the Yankees now the true favorite to win the AL East? Will Bobby Valentine still have a job if the Sox don’t start improving? Let us know in the comments!


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