From Toucher and Rich
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The Red Sox are playing as good as anyone could have hoped as the regular season wraps up at the end of the month.
The Sox look like they are a lock to take the division and could finish things with the best record in the league if they keep up their winning ways. Does anyone in the AL pose a challenge to the Red Sox with the way they have been playing?
“I think it would have to be the Tigers just based on who they have and their pitching. I think clearly that’s the second best team,” Red Sox insider Peter Abraham told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Monday morning.
The Sox could be lucky enough to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs, but the guys wonder if it really means anything? Abraham points out that the Sox have a better record at Fenway, but their record on the road isn’t horrible. In the end he said that it could make a difference with the way the Sox have been able to score runs at home.
Clay Buchholz closed out the team’s series with the Yankees on Sunday with a win. The starter looked sloppy at times through his six innings striking out just three and walking four.
“I think it was what I thought we were going to see in his first outing against Tampa Bay and didn’t see because this is a guy who hadn’t pitched in the big leagues for three months. So it’s not surprising I don’t think that he’d be wild, that’s what made that first game back against Tampa so impressive was he wasn’t and didn’t show any kind of that affect of being gone for so long.”
The guys also discussed Mike Napoli and his turn around from a horrible August. Would the Sox consider bringing him back next year?
They also discussed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia performing well as he gets ready to hit free agency at the end of the season. How much will he be worth and would the Red Sox be willing to pay him?