It had been feared for the past two months that the final two months of the 2014 regular season at Fenway Park would feature glorified exhibition games for the home team. September could still very well prove to be a blah month of baseball on Yawkey Way, but the Red Sox have almost ensured that early August will be worth watching given their recent, albeit rare hot streak.
The Sox are just 8-7 in July, but they began the month going 1-6. This could be another severe roller-coaster stretch like the one they perfected in late May and early June when they lost 10 in a row and then won seven straight.
Typically, breaking even in a long divisional stretch is cause for celebration but given the way the mediocre way the AL East stacks up this year, consecutive series’ against the Blue Jays, Rays, Blue Jays (again) and Yankees should be looked at as an opportunity to beat up on other “so-so” squads instead of daunting neighborhood battles.
The Jays are just 6-9 in July while the Yankees are 9-7 so far. The division’s basement dwellers, the Sox and Rays, have been the hottest teams recently with Tampa Bay having gone 11-4 in 15 July games.
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