The Boston Red Sox are struggling in the American League East standings, despite having a decent record of 31-30. They are at the bottom of their division but would be good enough to tie atop the AL Central and have them within 5.5 games of the division lead in every division except the AL East and West. Unfortunately, the Red Sox are stuck in a brutal division, making it tough for them to climb up the standings.
In addition, fans are missing former players who could help the team. Three former Red Sox players, in particular, are missed by fans: Matt Strahm, a pitcher who now plays for the Philadelphia Phillies; Andrew Benintendi, an outfielder who was traded to the Kansas City Royals; and Elly De La Cruz, an outfielder who arrived at the Cincinnati Reds and immediately broke Great American Ballpark. Although Strahm did not perform well during his one season with the Red Sox, fans believe he could be valuable to the current roster.
The Red Sox are also struggling with errors. In their last game against the Cleveland Guardians, they had three miscues, contributing to their loss. They lead the American League in errors with a total of 43. Despite the team's effort and hard work, they have lost four out of their last five games.
In contrast, the Guardians have won six out of their last ten games. The Guardians' designated hitter, Josh Bell, has driven in a run in six straight games, while their first baseman, Josh Naylor, made a costly error but finished with three hits, including a run-scoring single. Cleveland will send Aaron Civale to the mound in the series finale, who had a great performance in his last game after returning from the injured list.
The Cleveland Guardians evened their three-game series against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday with a 5-2 victory. Amed Rosario starred in his return to the starting lineup after being held out of the starting lineup for three games due to left knee soreness. Rosario had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run, while Josh Naylor went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Josh Bell drove in two runs. Tanner Bibee (2-1) allowed two runs (one earned) over five innings for the win, and Emmanuel Clase worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth for his 20th save. The Red Sox finished 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position, and their error-filled fourth inning featured a total of five miscues, including three by the Red Sox.
In conclusion, the Boston Red Sox are struggling in a highly competitive division with errors and losses, and fans are missing the contributions of former players. It remains to be seen if the team can turn things around and climb up the AL East standings.