Every year right around this time, Red Sox fans become nervous, anxious and scared that we're going to take our yearly dive after the All-Star break. This week has proven nothing different than the past as we've lost three out of four to the AL West leading Texas Rangers in the first series since the break.
The Sox are currently 6.5 games back of the first place New York Yankees and fell to 3.5 games back of Tampa Bay for the AL Wild Card. This is nothing new for Boston since we're used to playing from behind and making a late run in August to pull into the Wild Card spot or even steal the division from the Yankees. The big difference this season is all the injuries that the Red Sox have sustained over the length of the season.
Not Playing Hurt
Aside from the multiple injured Red Sox, the media in Boston has begun to single out and attack centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Among the other seventy-six players on the DL including everyday players and starting pitchers, something has to click in order for the team to pull it back together and get back in the race.
The Tobin Bridge Theory
There's plenty of time and games to make up room in the AL East and we're not even close to thinking that we're out. Get back on the 111, ride it to the top and take the elevator down to the bottom and take a stroll through Charlestown. Take a breath, remain calm, just like we did last season and the season before and wait for the cards to fall into place. The Yankees and Devil Rays will eventually hit a skid of their own and that's when we need to get hot. Josh Beckett will begin the return from the infirmary on Friday and others will continue to follow. Think twice, don't jump.
Thanks to dougtone for the view from the Tobin Bridge.