It took help last night from a recent struggling Orioles team, but the Boston Red Sox were able to blow a 3-0 9th inning lead to the Yankees, yet also win the division after the Blue Jays blew a 2-0 8th inning lead to the Orioles. In doing so, the Red Sox have become the first team in the modern era to go worst-to-first twice in a 5-year span.
This is a really important feat for the 2016 Red Sox; now they don't have to worry about that Wild Card game that has doomed many really good teams in recent years (Looking at you, Pirates Fans). With this clinch, the Sox now have some security and can afford to start either David Price or Rick Porcello in Game 1 of the ALDS.
However, I'm really concerned with Craig Kimbrel and his ability to close out a big game. He seemed overamped with a 3-0 lead vs. the Yankees, as he wound up walking the house and allowing 4 ER without recording an out. So what happens in a 3-0 game in the 9th inning of Game 7 of the World Series? Joe Kelly has to come in? The Red Sox brought in Kimbrel to be an anchor in the back end of the rotation and if he gets too excited and can't pitch big games, the deal isn't worth it. He needs to figure that out if the Sox want to accomplish the ultimate goal of a World Series title.
The Sox now look towards home-field throughout with the last 4 games of the season against the Yankees (1) and the Jays (3).
My predictions for the Sox playoff roster:
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