With 46 games left in the season, the Boston Red Sox have a better chance than ever to make the playoffs. Critics and fans may not think so, but the Red Sox players and their managerial staff, especially Bobby Valentine, certainly do.
Valentine stated on the Dale and Holly show on WEEI, "I think we're a playoff team and I think we're going to be there before this season's over." When asked if the team could reach 89 wins, the agreed upon standard of most playoff teams, Valentine responded with "Of course. We can do better than that."
To be confident is one thing. But to be confident and idiotic is a lethal pair. Fortunately for Valentine and the Red Sox, while they continue to tread water, the team has not yet drowned. A few solid hot streaks and the Red Sox, who lie 5.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles in the wild-card race, can shock the country.
The St. Louis Cardinals did it last year, winning 23 of their final 31 games to erase a 10.5 game Atlanta Braves division lead, on their way to winning the World Series.
The Red Sox completed the opposite feat in 2011, collapsing to blow a nine-game wild-card lead over the Rays to miss the postseason.
Here's to hoping history refuses to repeat itself.
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