Let’s try this again.
The Red Sox are running out of chances, but they’ll get at least two more this weekend.
A win over the Houston Astros today or tomorrow, or a loss by the New York Yankees to the Toronto Blue Jays, will clinch the American League East title and give the Sox the champagne celebration they’ve been chasing all week.
Drew Pomeranz takes the mound for the Red Sox on a day when he was supposed to rest, but the Red Sox can’t afford to sit their No. 2 starter with the division slipping away.
“It is what it is,” Pomeranz said of the start. “It’s just a game when it comes down to it. Have to go out there and keep things simple and make pitches. They’re a good team, obviously, but our division is pretty good. We’re pretty much facing good teams every time out.”
The Red Sox are 1-4 over their last five games.
“It’s not easy, man,” Dustin Pedroia said. “Going into a season, you set goals as a team. They’re difficult to accomplish. We know that. There’s going to be ups and downs. It takes everyone to do it.”
Only one team in the last 10 years has posted a losing record in the final week of the season and gone on to win the World Series: the 2013 Red Sox.
RED SOX vs ASTROS
1. Bogaerts SS
2. Pedroia 2B
3. Benintendi LF
4. Betts RF
6. Ramirez DH
7. Devers 3B
8. Vazquez C
9. Bradley CF