Elimination number has reached zero
The Red Sox gave it a valiant fight this summer, considering the barrage of injuries. But it all ended tonight. When the Yankees won at Toronto and David Price pitched a gem against the Orioles, Boston no longer had any hope of qualifying for the postseason.
This will be MLB’s first postseason since 2006 that doesn’t include the Red Sox, and just the second time since 2003.
Boston fans have had a pretty nice run the last few years, so they shouldn’t really feel that slighted.
Injuries happen, but this year the Red Sox had an unfathomable amount. Dustin Pedroia played just two games after June 25. Kevin Youkilis didn’t play any after Aug. 2. Jacoby Ellsbury wasn’t a factor all year. Josh Beckett missed two months and had a down year.
But they still had some mathematical hope until tonight. Now, they will play the final five games for pride only.
Some storylines to follow:
On Thursday night in Chicago, Jon Lester will go for his first 20-win season. Clay Buchholz will make the last start of his brilliant season on Saturday, perhaps with a chance to win the ERA title. Mike Lowell will retire after Sunday’s game, and the Red Sox will have a special ceremony for him before Saturday’s game.