For a brief glimpse the 2014 Boston Red Sox looked like last year’s club when Jonny Gomes tied up yesterday’s contest with a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning.
It appeared that this was the spark that could help turn their season around. A defining moment from a catalyst who is normally in the center of these instances where his team rallies around his energy and he comes through just in the right moment.
That exuberance we saw in the Boston dugout faded fast after the Rays scored five runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the life out of an almost resurrected ball-club on Sunday. All of that momentum gained from Gomes’ blast was gone and 49 games into the season, the Sox are nine games under .500.
So what happens next?
Well there were some roster moves for the Sox as they placed both Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino on the DL. Daniel Nava is back on the big-league roster, which is where he should stay regardless of players coming off the disabled list. Brandon Workman started and was alright yesterday, so another arm is added to a tired bullpen and a discombobulated starting rotation.
The Atlanta Braves host the Sox starting tonight, a team trending in the other direction and a favorite to get to the NLCS this season. The Red Sox tend to play very well in interleague play, so seeing a National League club may be a good medicine for a team that looks pretty sickly.
With Napoli out, we will get to see David Ortiz play some first base and in my experience, that usually means good things for the Boston Red Sox, though it normally involves the month of October. Maybe that sight will trick the players into believing they belong back on the field when the weather turns cold again.
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