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MLB Insider Highlights Several Positive Red Sox Developments

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At one point a few weeks ago, the Boston Red Sox had a worse record than the Baltimore Orioles and were last in the still-competitive AL East Division.

But it was a team built to compete in this moment: they had patience and they understood that the season was only in its infancy.

Logically, the Sox have been playing much better lately and have been able to put together a solid streak.

All the panic of the start of the season seems to be well in the rear view mirror now.

“The @RedSox would be in the playoffs if the playoffs started today. They are 17-8 in their last 25 games. The @Yankees are the only AL team with a better record over that span. A trade with Xander Bogaerts is less likely now than a month ago,” tweeted MLB insider Jon Morosi.

The Red Sox are one of the most dangerous teams in the American League

Under the expanded playoff format the league adopted prior to the start of the season, the Red Sox now hold a playoff spot.

And things should improve relatively soon: rotation stars Chris Sale and James Paxton should be important second-half plays.

They’re currently 12 games behind the Yankees in the AL East, so it’s not easy to imagine them taking the lead in the division.

However, they are already playing .500 ball at 27-27, and the best is yet to come.

Any trade scenario involving Xander Bogaerts (one of their best players) is no longer considered: expect the Red Sox, who made it to the American League Championship Series last year last, are buyers as the deadline approaches.

They may not be as good as the Yankees or the Tampa Bay Rays (or the Toronto Blue Jays, for that matter), but if they go in October, the Red Sox will be very dangerous.

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