Tough to repeat? Tell that to the Boston Red Sox, the World Series champions of last season. Now, nine months removed from their third fall classic achievement in 10 seasons, different story.
As of Wednesday night, a 48-60 record, 13 games behind the AL East’s first place Baltimore Orioles, who hold a two-game over the current runners-up in the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays having swept the Red Sox this week at Fenway Park, means that any chance of a repeat, much less World Series, has everyone in and around Boston thinking Patriots at Dolphins on Sept. 7.
Part of the concession, reuniting Jake Peavy to the NL West by trading him to the San Francisco Giants. This was a guy that came to the Red Sox in a trade that brought him over from the Chicago White Sox and the result, a 4-1 mark down the 2013 regular season stretch.
While Peavy helped get the Red Sox get into the postseason, and to that effect championship glory, maybe a blessing with this trade. He went 1-9 for the Red Sox this year, a change of scenery might do him good.
However, the name of Jon Lester has come-up. Perhaps by the time you read this, Lester will either be traded and contend for another ring, or he will ride out this lame-duck Red Sox season.
As Lester has come under the speculation of leaving Fenway, where he accomplished two World Series feats, 2007 and 2013, the time might have come for the Red Sox to rebuild. If it matters for anything, the Red Sox are the 5th oldest team in the majors, at just under 30 years of age. Lester happens to be 30 years old. Typically the prime of a ball player would be 30-35.
But maybe the Red Sox are looking long-term. Hey, it’s not the Red Sox and Yankees duking-it out for the postseason, it’s the Orioles and Blue Jays.
Perhaps it’s best that the Red Sox and Lester depart. His contract is up at season’s end, your ball club is singing the blues and the help remains for a contender. And to mention the first reason, the free-agent market will be pretty testy for Lester during the offseason.
By Friday, we will know.