Will the Red Sox end up selling at the trade deadline?

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The 2022 Boston Red Sox are in free fall.

After going 42-31 on June 26 and looking like a surefire playoff team, Boston has lost 17 of its last 23 games.

The club have also lost five games in a row, and things aren’t going to get any better anytime soon, as the Red Sox have some tough games ahead.

As it stands, Boston is 48-48 and three games away from a playoff spot in the AL Wild Card race.

MLB’s new expanded playoff field certainly helps the Red Sox stay afloat in the playoff picture, but they’re digging themselves a nice, legitimate hole.

With the August 2 trade deadline fast approaching, next week could very well determine whether the Red Sox are buyers or sellers.

A decisive week

The Red Sox have eight games left by the deadline.

Of those eight games, four will come against the Cleveland Guardians, three against the Milwaukee Brewers and one against the Houston Astros.

These three teams have winning records.

That’s certainly not good news for the Red Sox, who desperately need to put together a productive week to show Chaim Bloom that the team is good enough to warrant a few additions at the deadline.

A series win over the Guardians would certainly be a good start, but winning a four-game set is always tough.

However, anything less than a series win wouldn’t exactly move the needle, so Boston should go for it looking to win at least three of four.

After that, the Red Sox will have to deal with a Brewers team that leads its division and has won three in a row.

These two series against Cleveland and Milwaukee will probably give Bloom a pretty good idea of ​​whether the Red Sox still have life this season, but if he still hasn’t made up his mind on August 1 (the day before the date limit), he will have one last chance to assess his team when they face the Astros that night.

The bottom line is that the Red Sox need to be above .500 when the deadline rolls around.

If the team has a record of .500 or worse when August 2 rolls around, Bloom may decide to kick off the season and make major changes.

If the Red Sox add to the deadline, what will need to change for them to make the playoffs?

Even if Boston ends up buying at the deadline, the team is going to have some serious work to do to qualify for the playoffs.

Above all, there’s one trend the Red Sox need to break: their poor play against opponents in the AL East.

Incredibly, the Red Sox haven’t won a series against an AL East opponent this season, and they’ve had 12 chances to do so.

The team is 0-11-1 against the division enemies.

The Red Sox have a ton of games left against AL East teams, so if the team wants to clinch a playoff spot, they’ll have to start winning some of those matchups.

Plus, if the Red Sox find themselves in the playoffs, there’s a chance they’ll have to face an AL East team up front.

The team must prove to itself that it is capable of beating the other clubs in the division.

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