Boy what a nightmare of a season it’s been for the Red Sox. It’s an interesting feeling this year as a Sox fan. On the one hand, it’s kind of like playing with house money at this point. Last season wildly surpassed expectations. They set a club record with 108 wins, went into the ALDS, ALCS, and World Series as underdogs somehow, and yet ended up completing one of the best seasons in baseball history with a World Series title. On the other hand, they have played some unbelievably frustrating baseball this season. Whether it be the starting pitching inconsistencies, the offense leaving runners in scoring position, or the fact that the only actual consistent thing has been how ridiculously shitty the bullpen is, this season has made me and fans want to pull their out.
As the second half of the season started, they Sox opened with three against the Dodgers, four against the Blue Jays, and three against the Orioles. The Dodgers series was definitely going be competitive, but the Blue Jays and Orioles should have been a scenario where they take at the very least six of seven to get back on a roll. Well things didn’t fucking go as planned and while they did take three of four from the Blue Jays, they lost the series to the Orioles in embarrassing fashion by getting their doors blown off in game one and then getting one hit by Asher fucking Wojciehowski in game three.
Well now with three against the Rays and four against the Yankees this week, and with only one trade deadline this year, it might be time to think; do we look towards next year? Now if they somehow take 6/7 or even 5/7 then you know they’re right back in it (for the wild card, at least). But if they drop four or five of these games? That drops them to 57-51 and really widens the gap between them and the Yankees and Rays. And that’s not even taking into account how the Indians, Rangers, and A’s, the other teams vying for a wild card position do this week.
Basically what I’m saying is that this is “Earn Your Nut” Week for the Red Sox. They lay an egg, they’re done. They show up and actually don’t look like inconsistent dogshit? They have a chance. But let’s say worse case scenario and they perform shitty, should the consider trading JD Martinez?
Let’s look at the facts:
Fact One: Considering what source you’re looking at the Red Sox farm system is ranked anywhere from 25th-30th. That means their farm system is ass. Trading JD to a contender may be able to scoop up some prospects to build their farm system a little bit.
Fact Two: JD Martinez has a player option at the end of this season. Last year was an unreal season for him and while he hasn’t been quite as good as he was last year, he’s still been very solid and could help a contender. If JD continue to perform at this rate or better, the chances are probably good that he will opt out.
Fact Three: In the near future, the Red Sox have some pretty big names they’d probably like to lock up and pay a lot of money. JD off the books may help that.
Look, I don’t want the Red Sox to do this, but I have started to accept that the repeat is not going to happen. This huge run I and all of Red Sox Nation have been waiting for them to go on to vault right back into contention is not going to happen, and no that’s not an attempt at a reverse jinx. At this point, the Red Sox are what they are, and what they are is inconsistent. That’s it. Inconsistency doesn’t win titles.
Again, I hope it doesn’t come to this, but especially if they have an inkling that JD is going to opt out and they keep up this mediocre play, then I wouldn’t blame the Sox for looking to move him.