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Frightening Fenway

By Nick Giuliano

Publication: theday.com

Published August 09. 2012 1:00PM   Updated August 09. 2012 1:55PM

A 10 game homestand ends with the Boston Red Sox going 4-6. In the words of Mike Singletary: "Can't do it"

It's been a nightmare at home all season for the Red Sox with a 29-34 record so far in Fenway Park. Boston has actually been better on the road with record three games over .500 at 26-23. It doesn't make sense but neither has the majority of this season.

As I've said all season it comes down to this pitching staff. Again, the last two days we saw starts by Lester and Beckett both ending in losses. That just can't happen although it has all season and is one of many reasons why this team is where they are. We've also seen a bullpen that started off really well come back to reality and show their flaws. The offense has had a few off nights as with any team and players like Pedroia and the collective catching staff are under-performing but when you look at the stats you can't point to the bats as the problem. Pitching needs to be better.

It's starting to come down to the math for the Red Sox and their hopes of the postseason with exactly 50 games left in the regular season.

Catching the Yankees isn't worth mentioning after this sentence so it's up to one of two Wild Card spots which before the season looked even more attractive to a team like the Red Sox for an easier road to October. Five teams are currently ahead of them for those final two spots with the Blue Jays a game back and the opponent they face this weekend in the Cleveland Indians 3.5 back.

The Red Sox have dug themselves in such a hole where every series matters from now until the end of the regular season. In a three-game series they need to at least take two out of three. From the ownership to the management to the players this has been a season of epic disappointment. With some turnaround play down the stretch, whether you want to believe it or not, there's still a chance this team can clinch a playoff spot. Unfortunately for Boston, those hopes are getting slimmer by the day.

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