Jul 21, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a two-run home run against Toronto Boue Jays in the fourth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox Are Streaking, but Can They Keep Pace in the AL East?

Since the All-Star break ended, the Red Sox have been nearly unstoppable, dropping only one of their last five games. Although they still sit in last place in the AL East, the race for the top spot in the division is still a close one. The Yankees and the Blue Jays are both only 4.5 games in front of Boston, keeping the spirits alive in many of the Fenway faithful.

“You’re not out of it when you’re seven and a half games out with 63 to play”-Dan Shaughnessy

It is true that many fans still support and believe in this year’s Red Sox team, and even the most critical of Boston sports columnists are beginning to see the potential going forward. Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe said recently of the Sox on Comcast Sports Net Early Edition;

“You’re not out of it when you’re seven and a half [games] out with 63 to play.” He continued, “You’ve still got to go for it. With the pitching they have and the number of crummy teams out there, why not go for it?”

The potential of this team is undeniable, no matter the struggles they’ve had thus far. After all, they did just win a World Series, and with most of the team returning from last year’s roster, who’s to say that they can’t bounce back and in the least grab a Wild Card spot? Will their next 11 games against division rivals, this is the perfect opportunity for Boston to gain some ground.

There is still a lot of baseball to be played and there is no telling yet whether or not Boston fans will be watching October baseball, but one thing is for sure–this is the most important stretch of baseball this season, and the Sox better make the most of it.

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