After an absolutely abysmal performance on Saturday in their 21-2 loss to the Angels, the Red Sox have bounced back with back-to-back wins. Those two wins are especially important because the Baltimore Orioles have lost 3 straight and now are only 2 games ahead of the Red Sox for the AL East lead. Some fans have been put slightly at ease now that the Red Sox sit with the 4th best winning percentage in the AL. The rotation and bullpen still have some major issues, but at least the offense is coming back to life with 22 runs in the last 2 games.
After all the fire John Farrell talk heading into the holiday weekend and the amplified voice after Saturday’s debacle, the hot seat seems to be cooling ever so slightly. His voice in the clubhouse may or may not be weaker than in the past, but regardless, the Red Sox don’t have the pitching personnel to be a serious contender and that isn’t Farrell’s fault. I have always felt that if you needed to motivate your players, firing Farrell would be the most logical first attempt at sending a message, but ultimately the roster needs to improve for sustained success regardless of who is in the manager’s chair.
Sitting just 2 games back of 1st place, the Red Sox are definitely buyers with around 3 weeks until the trade deadline. As long as they don’t slide backwards, Dave Dombrowski should be aggressive in bringing in a rotation and late-inning bullpen arm if he is truly committed to making a run in the postseason. Over the next few weeks I’ll highlight some potential moves Dombrowski can make to improve the Red Sox and potentially put them in a position to make noise in the postseason.