The Red Sox go back to back on placing 5th out of 5 teams in the AL East
Another dismal season for the Red Sox, who, IMO, were out of contention sometime in June. Last place two years in a row is really pathetic. Right now on track to be 21 games out of first place in the AL East, matching last year.
Alex Cora was/is the manager for both seasons. Many will disagree with me, but with Cora being a major player in the cheating scandal while a coach with the Astros, it does amaze me that Red Sox management kept him (thanks to one Chaim Bloom, now fired from the team), and rehired him. Sadly, Cora has yet another opportunity to be the captain of the ship for yet another year. I expect 2024 to be equally as bad as the previous two seasons. He always looks like his dog died, no spark, little enthusiasm. He's just dreaming of returing to Puerto Rico and chilling.
Perhaps there was too much of the Bill James mentality driving decisions to trade or not to trade players. Having lost Betts, JD Martinez, Schwarber and Bogearts to name a few, the team was pretty much broken up. The pitching was dismal, and Sale didn't do much to help in the win column, with a current 6/4 record.
The Red Sox faithful will once again get excited when the big truck leaves the Fens next year for the sunny climate of Florida. I will predict disappointment will not be far behind.
I hope the Orioles do well in the playoffs, long overdue.