The Boston Red Sox as a team might not be playing for much as the regular season dwindles down, but there are some players on the roster who should keep their feet on the gas pedal.
Boston is about as far out of the playoff race as any team in baseball this season for a variety of reasons. The team has not gelled by any means, and they’ve struggled to win games.
As individuals, some players have stood out more than others, and those who have played well deserve all the credit in the world. It can’t be easy playing for one of the worst teams in baseball when you’re hot and everyone else is not. But that’s the way the game is, and eventually the Red Sox will return to glory.
For now, the focus should be put on those battling for new contracts, jobs for 2013 and beyond, and starting roles. Here are five Red Sox who truly have something to play for down the stretch.