The Red Sox are the first team to get 100 wins, however, there are bigger and better things to accomplish than celebrating a great regular season.
The Boston Red Sox have won 100+ games. Let’s make a big deal out of it and sell “First to 100” shirts for $35. Whoever buys those shirts is really wasting their money, why don’t you wait until at least the Division Championship?
Even that might be too soon. I would only buy a championship shirt if it was the World Series.
The Red Sox have had a remarkable season, however, these back-to-back losses in the first round of the postseason aren’t good enough. Celebrating 100 wins in a season should be reserved for a team who never wins anything. For example, the Tampa Bay Rays or Milwaukee Brewers. They haven’t won a championship, so if they got to 100 wins in a season it would mean more to them.
Boston has won three World Championships since 2004, so I don’t understand why the team is celebrating 100 wins in a regular season. Even manager Alex Cora said that the team has bigger goals than achieving 100 wins . The Red Sox love to market things that really mean nothing. The franchise and the city of Boston set a higher standard than celebrating something minimal.
I don’t need to talk about how badly the bullpen is. We’ve seen it all season. A perfect example was Thursday night against the Toronto Blue Jays in the eighth inning when Joe Kelly came in to pitch. Kelly came into the game with two outs only to load the bases, then hit a batter to force in the game-tying run. The Red Sox would end up winning the game because Blue Jays second baseman Yangervis Solarte couldn’t catch a pop fly. The offense has been on fire but the bullpen is scary and really doesn’t sound like a 100+ winning team.
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Alex Speier of the Boston Globe had an interesting stat. Since the All-Star break, the Red Sox have had 10 blown saves which are the most in the American League. Out of the teams likely to play in the postseason, the Red Sox have given up the most walks, fewest strikeouts, and given up the most hits and home runs. Does that sound like a 100+ win team who’s ready to take on real competition in October? The answer, in my opinion, is no.
They can’t help who they play on the schedule but when it comes to 100+ wins in the regular season the pressure is even higher to do well in the postseason or the whole year is a fail.
Overall, the team wasn’t built to win 100+ games, it was built to win in the postseason. So really, they should stop selling the T-Shirts celebrating 100 wins but they won’t because some fans will buy it when the better shirts could be coming out in a month.
Finally, if this was a real 100+ win team, Cora wouldn’t still be holding auditions as to who he’s going to use in the late innings of games in October. By now he should already have the guys he trusts in the late innings. Let’s hope between now and the end of the regular season that gets figured out.