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Tuesday July 29, 2014
Posted: Jun 10, 2014

Hard for Red Sox to contend when they have to pass nearly everyone

Clearing the Bases

The Red Sox were shutout for the fifth time this year and fell back to 10 games game behind Toronto in the American League East.

But no worries, right? Boston fans can still dream of the post-season since Major League Baseball now has two wild card teams.

The Red Sox (28-35) are ‘only’ six games behind in the wild card race.

Only problem is that everyone but the Rays are in front of Boston. It’s hard for fans to check the American League scoreboard when they need ALL the teams to lose.

And when we say everyone, do you realize we’re including the Houston Astros (29-36) in that mix? It has gotten that bad for the Red Sox. They are tied for fifth for the worst record in the majors,with the Mets and Padres.

Jake Peavy (1-4, 4.76 ERA) went 7 innings on Monday: 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Respectable. If he can pitch well through July, he either helps this team get back in it – or provides some nice trade value.

One positive note: Daniel Nava went 1-for-2 with a walk. In his last three games, he’s 5-for-10.

Tonight Brandon Workman starts for Boston. He is 0-0 with a 4.72 ERA as a starter – 15 1/3 innings in three starts. It would be encouraging to see him go deep into a game. Chris Tillman (5-2, 5.20) goes for the Orioles.

Pawtucket’s Allen Webster (3-3, 2.94) took the loss in a game shortened to six innings because of rain: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 8 K … Mookie Betts (.269) was 0-for-2 with a walk.

The Sea Dogs were off and go with Brian Johnson (3-1, 2.04) tonight in Altoona.

Salem second baseman Reed Gragnani (.337) was 0-for-1, but with three walks (.433 OBP) … William Cueves (2-6, 5.09) had his best start since April: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.

Trey Ball, the 2013 first-round pick, continues to grind in Greenville. He began the game: walk, walk, double. The positive is that he lasted into the sixth inning: 5 1/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K.

 

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