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The Boston Red Sox thoroughly dominated the rival Yankees in the Wild Card Game and, while it’s a tough road ahead, they can win the 2021 World Series.
A trip to the MLB Postseason didn’t exactly go as many Boston Red Sox fans thought it would early in the 2021 regular season. This team had a commanding lead in the AL East but struggles in the dog days of summer while the Rays stayed the course saw manager Alex Cora’s team slip into the razor-thin AL Wild Card race that went down to the wire.
But once there, things clicked. The rival Yankees came to Fenway for the AL Wild Card game and the Red Sox ran Gerrit Cole off after just two-plus innings en route to a commanding 6-2 victory. Now it’s a date with the aforementioned Rays awaiting in the ALDS. However, Boston should be setting their heights higher.
It might be a tough road ahead as they immediately play the top seed in the American League but the Red Sox can absolutely win the 2021 World Series. Don’t believe me? Here’s why it’s possible for Boston to win their fifth title in the past two decades.
3. Red Sox pitching staff is capable of getting hot
There’s certainly no worries about Nathan Eovaldi at the top of Boston’s rotation when it comes to the playoffs. His one earned run over 5.1 innings against the Yankees actually raised his postseason ERA to a still-stellar 1.63 for his career (seven games) and he has a 0.80 WHIP over that time as well.
After that, though, things look a bit dicey. Chris Sale has only nine MLB starts since returning from Tommy John surgery and the results have been mixed. The rest of the rotation has been inconsistent. And on top of that, the bullpen outside of Garrett Whitlock has been a sweat-inducing trainwreck in the second half of the season.
With all that said, this staff was hot in the first half of the season. They showed that they have the stuff to win games — especially aided by this offense — and do so well. If Alex Cora can work some magic with Nick Pivetta and Tanner Houck in rover roles working as starters and relievers depending on the day, there is reason to belive the Red Sox can piece together a quality run on the bump.