On Wednesday, the Red Sox clinched their 2017 MLB playoffs
after the loss of the Los Angeles Angels to Cleveland Indians.
Red Sox have battled with their archrivals the New York Yankees
throughout most of their campaigns but have maintained the first
position in the American League East for the stretch run. While they
still have not clinched the division yet, it will be the second straight
year for the Red Sox to be in the playoffs. The Cleveland Indians swept
them in the 2016 AL Division Series.
The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham has noted that the loss by the Angels
means that the Red Sox will be in the playoffs in back-to-back years for
the first time since the stretch from 2007 to 2009.
The race to the playoff for the Red Sox began in the offseason when they
traded for Chris Sale an ace pitcher, sending the Chicago White Sox a
package of prospects including Yoan Moncada in the process.
This season, Chris Sale has been dominating the top of the Red Sox
rotation and is actually a candidate for the AL Cy Young.
The southpaw still leads the way, but attention is now turning to the
postseason and the Red Sox attempt at the first World Series title since
The 2013 championship topped off an impressive 10-year run where the Red
Sox won 3 world Series including the 2004 edition that snapped a drought
spanning 86 years that dated back to 1918. Since then, Boston has
finished last in 2014 and 2015 in the AL East before the recent