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Monday, September 02, 2019

Alex Cora’s only hope for his Red Sox is September

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Alex Cora, erudite leader of the Boston Red Sox, shaper of a World Series champion, bearer of modest perspectives and global empathies, is not above the dispositions of the calendar. Some days it blesses him. Others, it comes for him. Same as for everyone. The best he—anyone—could hope for is to see it heading in his direction, the latter in particular.

He is 43 years old. That is not, in this case, how the calendar hounds him. Rather, on this Sunday, warm and sticky on the final afternoon of an eight-gamer first through San Diego and Colorado, Alex Cora awakened to September. He smiled. September can be an overbearing and wolfish beast. September fills his clubhouse and his bullpen, fills his nights, sends him home exhausted and drags him back for more September. September from 5 games back, from 15 ½ games back, is a god-awful mucky slog. September is his only hope. Their only hope.

Today, it comes for him, for them all.

“It’s not impossible,” Alex Cora said Sunday morning, which, sometimes, is about the best you can say for September.

Do you suppose he remembers dancing in September?

 

QLE Posted: September 02, 2019 at 04:29 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alex cora, red sox, september baseball

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   1. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 02, 2019 at 07:04 PM (#5876310)
If the Red Sox go 20-6 in their last 26 games, they will end up on 94 wins; which is a nice season.

However I am beginning to think that 94 wins may not even get them into the WC game. And of course going 20-6 without Sale, an out of sorts Eovaldi and Price who's just come back from a month off, will need the offense to score about 7 runs a game. Oh and they need to start winning at home; that would help.

I'm usually positive about these things but the teams just above them are pretty darn good.
   2. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: September 02, 2019 at 07:11 PM (#5876312)
They weren't ready to go when the season started, it's that simple. This really is a perfect example of the cliche you can't win anything in April but you can lose it. They started 6-13, since then they are 68-50, a 93 win clip. But they gave away three weeks worth of games and have been playing catch up ever since. It's doable but like Hugh says, the issues with the club itself and the fact that they are chasing good teams is substantially problematic. The other issue is they only have one series left against another contender (4 with Tampa) but other than that they need help. Tough to do that.

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