BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox own the second worst record in the American League. They recently lost 10 straight games and just sent a number of different players to the disabled list for a wide range of injuries.
The young guys are going through normal growing pains and the seasoned veterans have yet to find their form.
All of this has resulted in a 21-29 record and eight games back from the division leading Blue Jays.
The Sox are down, but not out according to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Tony Massarotti. Never before has a team lost 10 games in a row and gone on to make the playoffs in the Wild Card era, but Mazz still feels like they have a chance.
“I don’t believe they are out of it. I don’t believe they are out of it by a longshot and I’ll tell you why. Do you want the bad news or the good news first?” asked Mazz to kick off the discussion.
“Wait a minute. You don’t think they’re out of it? Of all the people to say they’re not out of it. You thought they were out of it for every game last year until like September 15th,” added Marc Bertrand.
“They’ve lost 10 of 11 and are playing wretched. Yet you don’t think they’re out of it?” questioned Felger.
Mazz did a little research this morning and limited his scope to the Wild Card era post-1994 strike. There’s been 79 instances during that time when a team has lost 10 games in a row in a season, and none of them made the playoffs.
However, two teams that stood out to him had similarly long losing streaks and were able to make it in: the 2005 San Diego Padres and the 2007 Colorado Rockies.
It’s sort of happened before, and the division being what it is gives hope to a Red Sox fan like Mazz.
“The division blows. It sucks. It’s not going to take 92 wins, in all probability, to win the division. It’s probably not going to take that to get into the playoffs. They might be able to win this division with 85 wins.
“I don’t think they’re dead yet. Do I like what I saw? No. Is it a bad sign? Yes. It’s hard to look at any 10 game losing streak and feel like it’s a good sign. But the division sucks and they could just as easily play themselves back into it the next couple weeks,” Mazz concluded.
Michael Felger fears the baseball season is already lost, listen below for the full discussion to hear his reasoning: