If you stink, you sell. If you’re doing great, you buy. But Ben Cherington and the Red Sox are sort of screwed at the moment when it comes to trying to figure out what to do at the deadline:
“When we look at where we are in the standings, I guess particularly the teams that are right ahead of us in the wild card chase, we don’t believe that any of those teams are better than us, or necessarily more talented than us … We’re 49-50. We feel this is as good a team as the other teams that are sort of clustered right ahead of us. We also have to be mindful that you have two months left and we’ve dug ourselves a little bit of a hole, and we’ve got to be smart about giving up too many long-term assets to try to get a little better the next two months.”
That comes from an interview he gave to WEEI this morning, which contains a ton of stuff about the conversations the Red Sox have had and haven’t had leading up to the deadline.
I get what Cherington is saying about the talent of the team. But I guess I can’t help but focus on that “cluster” he refers to. There are seven teams ahead of them in the wild card standings. It’s a close cluster — 4.5 games separating them all — but it’s the case that not only do the Sox have to improve, but a lot of teams have to stumble. It’s hard to count on that.