BOSTON — It’s no secret that the Boston Red Sox are looking to make another run at the playoffs.
But the team’s recent struggles have not gone unnoticed in Boston, where the team is currently sitting in third place in the AL East and only a few weeks ago the team was considered a lock to make the playoffs with a record of 45-37.
The Bruins are playing at home, where they are currently sitting a game ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians.
And the team will be playing its first home game of the season on Friday, September 16 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said he does not think that the team needs to panic about the team right now.
The Red Sox have won just one of their last four games, a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.
“We’re just focused on the road, the road we play and trying to win as many games as we can,” Farrell said.
“We’ve got a lot of young guys coming in, so we have to find a way to get through the whole slate.”
The Red Sox will look to continue their dominance with the first-place Boston Bruins.
They are currently a half-game ahead of second-place Chicago Cubs and a half game ahead to third-place Toronto Blue Jay.
The two teams have played in eight of the last nine games.
“You know the Red Sox don’t win a lot, but they do win a little bit, and that’s all that matters,” Farrell told reporters after Tuesday’s practice.
“And so when we’re out there playing, I think it’s important for us to just keep fighting.
It’s a little different in that the stakes are higher.
But we’re going to keep playing, we’re just going to get our hands dirty.”
The Bruins will also face the Toronto Maple Leafs in their first game of a back-to-back on Thursday, September 19.
The Leafs are currently riding a three-game winning streak after winning two straight games against the Red Wings.
Boston is 2-3-1 since the All-Star break and is still two games back of the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Sox are currently just one point ahead of fourth-place Washington.