The Red Sox will suffer their third last-place finish in four seasons
Finally, these Red Sox struggles are not new to this season. Since their title in 2018, they have missed the playoffs in four out of the past seasons. Even worse, they have finished last in the AL East three times in the last four years (2020, 2022, and 2023). The thrilling, post-World Series potential for a dynasty is long gone.
Now, despite their disappointing seson, there is also a lot to look forward to next year. Rookies Casas and Yoshida each had wonderful seasons, Durran had a great bounceback year after a tough 2022, Chris Martin is suddenly an absolute dog (if you will), and prospects Rafaela, Abreu, and Valdez have all looked solid in the short time that they played. And who knows, maybe the front office goes ballistic and signs Shohei or trades for Trout.
Regardless, the 2023 season is coming to a sort of bittersweet end, as fans will sadly not have the Sox to watch come October but will have a young, eager, and potentially revamped team to watch come 2024.