By Andy Lindberg
It was a rough week for the Boston Red Sox as they lost first place to the New York Yankees and reside 1.5 games back in the division. The Red Sox went 2-4 against both New York and Texas.
It seems to have been a common theme this season, “John Lackey getting pummeled.”
With the playoffs quickly approaching, the Red Sox are slowly getting healthier with Kevin Youkilis being activated from the DL this week. The Red Sox have also called up hot-hitting prospect Ryan Lavarnway from AAA Pawtucket to help out off the bench.
In a week where nothing really went right for Boston, the Red Sox are cooling off at the worst possible time. At this point, potential playoff matchups would pit the Wild Card Red Sox against the Texas Rangers, a series that would theoretically open up in Texas. With the struggles Boston has had against the Rangers this year, being cool heading to Texas would potentially prove disastrous for a season that held massive expectations in Boston. Currently, the Red Sox are taking on the Toronto Blue Jays until Thursday at which point they fly south for three against Tampa Bay. A record any worse than 5-2 could prove quite detrimental to Boston, as the Yankees get the dismal Orioles until Thursday, followed by a West Coast trip to Anaheim.