The Red Sox Look Like the Celtics...and that is a Bad Thing!

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The 2019 season has been a roller coaster ride so far for the Boston Red Sox.  No one would argue that the team hasn’t performed up to par out of the gate.  They have started playing better as of late, winning 12 of their last 17 games, including some dominant victories over the weekend.  And that is all well and good, but I still think it is very important for the squad to continue this good play over the next couple of weeks.

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With their recent success the positives are closing in on the early woes, but now isn’t the time to get complacent.  Losing to Baltimore is the exact thing that I think the Sox need to avoid.  Boston currently has a record of 17-19, and that is a far cry from the fast start of last year.  Luckily for the Sox they have an ally that they can turn to.  The hometown basketball organization, the Boston Celtics.

Shop the Mother's Day Collection at MLBshop.comThe Celtics are currently in Eastern Conference Semifinals and hanging on by a thread.  The road to another championship will absolutely not be an easy one.  Boston will have win three straight and that seems unlikely to the superior Bucks.  They entered the playoffs donning the number four seed.  And that is proving to be a huge obstacle on their path to another banner.


In the preseason they were essentially a lock for the number one seed.  They got off to a slow start to the season and never seemed to catch fire.  Sound familiar Red Sox Nation?  I really hope this isn’t the fate of the Red Sox.  As the saying goes, you can’t win your division in the beginning of the season, but you can sure as hell lose the division early in the season.

The Celtics found themselves 10-10 after 20 games.  That would be equivalent to a 20-20 start for the Red Sox.  The Sox aren’t far off from that same mediocre pace.  Losing to teams that aren’t even trying to win.  This is not going to right the ship.  If they don’t put together a long winning streak very soon it will be June and the Sox will have a record far worse than anyone would have expected.  I mean, I can’t express how similar this is to the Celtics’ season.

Boston is in one of the toughest divisions in baseball.  From game 1 to 162 they will be battling for the top spot.  Last season the Yankees won 100 games and had to play in the wild card game.  Tampa Bay won 90 games and missed the playoffs entirely.  There is no margin for error in the AL East, and I think the Red Sox are digging themselves such a massive hole that it’s going to be very tough to climb out of it.  It doesn’t matter that it is still April, the Red Sox are already six games out of first place and four games behind the rival Yankees.  Given their injuries to start the year, the Sox should be winning more than New York.  This is not good!

The Sox are always on the latest statistical trends and deploy a lot of resources to try and stay ahead of the curve.  When Moneyball put sabermetrics on the map, the Red Sox went on to hire Bill James, The Godfather of analytics, to try to gain an edge on their competition.  And now the new frontier that these organizations are trying to conquer is health.

How do teams keep their players healthy?  That is the question that these executives are trying to answer.  It’s possible that the slow start is a byproduct of the system Boston put in place to stay healthier later in the year.  Personally, I don’t know if the juice was worth the squeeze.  Because the slow start is going on for far too long. 

If the Boston Red Sox are waiting to “flip the switch,” I think they should start flipping that bad boy.  Last year the Sox had a sense of urgency and desire to dominate that carried all the way to another championship.  I think that the Boston baseball team is acting like its basketball team, and I think that is a very bad thing.  Time to heat up Sox…


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