The Boston Red Sox finished a series win on the west coast against Kyle Seager and the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. Now, the Red Sox are in a three-way tie with the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees for the two American League (AL) wild card spots.
The Red Sox fell victim to the Mariners in the first game, but ultimately took the series by winning the last two games back to back with scores of 8-4 and 9-4. The Red Sox’s offense performed well during the three-game set, as they scored a combined 21 runs on 27 hits recorded. Comparatively, the Mariners were held to 13 runs and 24 hits.
Now, the Red Sox have an off day before they return to Fenway Park for a series with the Baltimore Orioles. After the Orioles, the New York Mets come in for two games, and then the New York Yankees come in for three games to finish off the season series.
It’s without question that the Red Sox have had their ups and downs over the past couple of series. In their last 10 games, they’ve captured four wins and racked up six losses, and are currently on a two-game winning streak. In those 10 games, they pulled together two wins against the Cleveland Indians, and one each against the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox.
The Blue Jays, Yankees and Red Sox are in a deadlock for the top two wild card spots, where both the Red Sox and Yankees are in a particularly tight fight for earning the second spot. The Red Sox and Yankees records are split by a hair. The Red Sox currently sit at 83-65, while the Yankees are barely ahead on winning percentage with a record of 82-64.
Both of their winning percentages are separated by .001. The Yankees have a .561 winning percentage and the Red Sox have a .562 winning percentage. The Mariners are currently sitting four games back of the Red Sox for a wild card spot and the Oakland Athletics are two and a half games back of the third spot in the wild card race. The rest of the American League is out of reach in the wild card race.
With just over three weeks left in the regular season, these teams will be fighting for each win, hoping that the other teams fall apart and drop out of the race.