Against Worse Teams, Red Sox Must Be Better

July 4, 2012 12:00 AM
Against Worse Teams, Red Sox Must Be Better
" BOSTON (CBS) — To make the playoffs in baseball, you need to tread water against the best teams and rack up victories against the worst teams. The Red Sox are having no problem with the first part, but the latter part is giving them fits.

Things weren’t all that bad for the Red Sox until this current West Coast trip, which has seen them go 2-4 thus far against the Mariners (35-48) and A’s (40-42). The Sox did outscore the Mariners 9-5 in the four-game set but could only muster a split against a team with a minus-28 run differential on the year.

The 2-4 record thus far, which has included three walk-off losses, drops the Red Sox’ record against teams with losing records down to 21-15 on the season. It’s not a horrible mark, but it’s simply not going to be enough if this team hopes to sniff October.

“We’re sputtering a little bit,” manager Bobby Valentine said after Tuesday night’s loss in Oakland. “We’re not stringing hits together "

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