It’s official: Red Sox eliminated from postseason contention in Game 152


Honestly, it’s surprising it took this long.

It’s been known for some time the Red Sox weren’t going to be part of the 2022 postseason. But, it only became official on Sunday when they lost their rain-shortened finale in six innings.

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“We felt like we had a good team coming into the season, and we just didn’t perform,” Alex Cora told reporters in New York after the 2-0 loss. “We were very inconsistent in a lot of aspects of the game, and we’ve just got to get better.”

The Red Sox were at least consistent in one aspect of this Yankees series: They never gave up a home run to Aaron Judge. His continued pursuit of No. 61 and Xander Bogaerts being in a dogfight with Judge for the batting title are about the only positives that came from this series.

Well, depending on how you look at things, the fact the Red Sox had zero chance to contend in this series because of their pitching staff was also a positive.

Because what Cora won’t clarify with his view on the team is the Red Sox have some great pieces, not a good team. Good baseball teams are built on a Big 3 or a dynamic duo — just ask the Angels. Sure, you need those pieces, but it doesn’t matter when your pitching staff is unstable from top to bottom.

And while Bogaerts contending for the batting title is great for those who don’t want to see a Yankee achieve the Triple Crown, Boston’s shortstop thriving to that degree isn’t exactly good for his future with the franchise. Such a backwards way of thinking, isn’t it?

That’s what’s so maddening about this team. The recipe for success is right there in front of them. Some might even say they have the hard part done with their development of Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers. They have the foundational superstar talent, they just need to be built around.

Which brings it all back to where every conversation about this franchise ends these days: Red Sox decision-makers and their priorities. Where do they actually stand as they look ahead to 2023? Unless they want to plan a lot more “fan appreciation” nights like they have scheduled for the final seven home games of 2022, the brass better show this franchise’s elite talent and fans the respect they deserve.

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