Red Sox: The losing streak is over; Chris Sale continues his dominance

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 26: Chris Sale
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 26: Chris Sale /

The Boston Red Sox season-long losing streak of four games has come to an end.

The Red Sox finally got a win today, after seeing their AL East lead shrink to a mere game, following their loss to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night/morning depending on your time zone.  So the question is now raised, where do they go from here?

Look no further than Chris Sale.  Sale continued his 2017 dominance (7 IP, 3 hits, 11 strikeouts) and has hopefully put the Red Sox back on the W train, while Rafael Devers collected his first major league hit by cranking a solo home run in the top of the 3rd.  The Red Sox did make a move by acquiring Eduardo Nunez from the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, thus trying to sort out their third base vacancy.  Regardless of who they acquire, for the time being, it seems the only time a Red Sox fan can wake up with confidence these days is when Chris Sale toes the rubber or every fifth day.

After last nights “blown” game if you will, actually a lead lost by the bullpen multiple times, it seems the Red Sox need to seek out bullpen help as the July 31st trade deadline approaches.   But is the bullpen their only need for improvement?  Is an Eduardo Nunez going to make up for the lost offensive production that has been gaping for much of the season, despite them leading in the AL East?

The Red Sox continue to show interest in Tigers reliever, Justin Wilson ( 2.75 ERA in 39.1 innings this season), and Phillies reliever Pat Neshek (40.1 innings pitched, 1.12 ERA) and continue to press for good news that Carson Smith may FINALLY be returning.  Joe Kelly threw a bullpen session the other day, and came out feeling “strong”., so there is that as well.

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Whether the Red Sox add only a bullpen arm, or maybe a reliever and a power bat, after the current road trip and the debacle that is David Price and the media, the Red Sox brass clearly needs to make more moves.  October is right around the corner, and while they have what seems to be a decent team, one may question now if they have a team that can compete deep into October. What is your next move, Mr. Dombrowski?