Will Middlebrooks #16 of the Boston Red Sox reacts as he is called out in the second inning after trying to steal second base against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 20, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

What the Red Sox Need to Do to Reach The Playoffs This Season

The Boston Red Sox have enjoyed a very successful July this far and have won six of their nine games this month, including three straight wins over the Tampa Bay Rays. What makes this even more impressive is when you consider the mixed to disappointing June for the Olde Towne team in which they suffered 16 losses from the 21 games. The latest baseball betting tips suggest that Boston could have a very successful season. Let’s take a look at what the Red Sox need to do to reach the playoffs this season.

Boston will need all the momentum they’ve built up this month as they head to Yankee Stadium for three games against the New York team. The Sox are currently in better form than the Yankees but they shouldn’t take that for granted as they head into the crucial second half of the season. Boston are currently joint top of the Wild Card Teams with the Toronto Blue Jays, meanwhile they’re second in the American League East and are currently only two games behind current leaders the Baltimore Orioles. This makes the games against the games against the Yankees even more crucial as they’ll be looking to keep the pressure on the Orioles before they take a bigger lead and make the rest of the season very difficult.   

The Sox will then enjoy nine games at home in a row as they host the San Francisco Giants for two games, the Minnesota Twins for four and the Detroit Tigers for three. This will mark a series of very crucial games as the Red Sox fans will be looking on and expecting their team to make good on their home field advantage or else put the rest of the season into serious jeopardy. Following that, Boston finishes July with four away games against the Anaheim Angels. The Angels are currently struggling in 10th place of the Wild Card Teams, 13 games behind Boston. Meanwhile, Anaheim sit 5th in the American League West, 16 ½ games behind the Texas Rangers. This may well be the best time to play the Angels as they look bereft of confidence. Dare to dream Sox fans, as a series of impressive wins would mark a July that is as close to perfect as you can get in the world of baseball, furthermore, it could well prove to be a catalyst for the rest of the season.

It is also crucial to keep an eye on the teams around Boston. Arguably, the rest of the division has regressed or marginally improved between the end of last season and now, whereas the Red Sox have become a lot stronger with just a few key man management decisions. The major talking point is of course the appointment of Dave Dombowski as the new President of Baseball Operations who then signed David Price and Chris Young to replace receivers Craig Kimbrel and Carson Smith.  Price and Young with other Sox players Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, Pablo Sandoval, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr and Blake Swihart could very well make up the most dangerous team in all of baseball. Hold onto your hats, it’s going to be a hell of a ride.

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